What is something you have always wanted to try?
Is it too big? Is it too small? Too unrealistic? Too difficult? Is it too soon? Is it too late?...
Is it really?.... What if it is not?
As we continue, I want you to give yourself the freedom to fail (learn) and the freedom to soar.
Step one- What's the goal?
I start with knowing what the thing is, what my end goal is. That's how my mind works, I start with the 'end' to know where to start.
Throughout these steps I am gonna use the example of how I started crocheting.
When my niece was coming into this world I decided I wanted to make something for her. Enter a lightbulb moment- crochet a baby hat or blanket or whatever. So this was my goal, to crochet a cute baby thing for my niece.
So what is a goal you have? Remember it is not set in stone, you will have to be flexible.
Step Two- Evaluate
Maybe there are lots of things you want to try. Evaluate which thing is quickest and easiest and start with that thing.
Don't do all the things you want to do at the same time, it is the quickest route to nowhere. Focus! And depending on what the thing is, Hyper Focus!
Find out the barrier to entry. Do you need materials? Do you need to take a course? How much time do you need to invest? How much will it cost?
If the barrier of entry is within your reach and it is something you want to try, do it!
For me, I youtubed making baby hats and saw I would just need, at minimum, yarn and crochet hooks. Checked my pockets and decided I could afford it. And I could crochet for a few minutes in downtimes here and there.
It is at this stage I also make roadmaps.
According to https://www.productplan.com/learn/roadmap-basics/, a roadmap is a strategic plan that defines a goal or desired outcome and includes the major steps or milestones needed to reach it.
This will make it clear in your mind what you need to do now and what you are going to do next.
Step three- Take the first step forward
Do it. Make the first step. Buy it. Take the course. Do it.
I amazoned my yarn. It was no longer a thought. It was in my hands, ready for me to take the next step.
Step four - Build the foundation
Things are way easier when you break it down into bite size pieces. So break it down and start with learning the building blocks. This sets a sturdy foundation.
When I had the yarn and hook in my hands, I started learning how to crochet a chain and the basic stitches. I learnt most of the basic stitches. No need to get it to perfect, get it to good. In the beginning, pitch perfect can equal procrastination.
Step five- Consistently build and expand
This is the time to learn voraciously. To explore. To practice. To go down some rabbit holes. To build. You decide how far you want to take it.
I have been slow with it but I did a few pieces and I threw in knitting for good measure. I decided to keep it at a mostly hobby level for now. It frees my mind up. I tend not to think about anything but finishing the row. I am glad I decided to invest in this. I don’t do it continuously but I find myself going back to it time and again. It relaxes me and so forms part of my self care.
In many cases once you have reached the goal, you are just beginning, and it may be the beginning of something great.
And... with all that said, don't take safe bets, shoot beyond the safe zone while calculating the risks.
Is something stopping you from trying? Email me.
Do you have a successful try story? Let's celebrate together! Email me the deets.
What's the next thing I am going to do? Stay tuned….