Great things start small
You have got a big idea and you are excited to start big. You have a solution to the big problem that provides enormous opportunity for your growth. You have defined your WHY and refined your WHAT and now it’s time to step into the realm of HOW.
Beginning a new venture, new business or a new routine can trigger thoughts of uncertainty. Questions like, “Where should I start”, “What steps should I take to reach my goal?”, “How long will it take?”, “What does it entail to be successful?”, or “Am I qualified enough to achieve my goals?” etc. begin to crowd up your mind. Feelings of excitement and nervousness gushes through your body.
In order to find every step of ‘HOW’, one can spend countless hours researching and planning. Well, there is nothing wrong with this approach, however, one does not have to know all the steps to get to that big vision.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr.
The secret to getting started on your mission is to Think Big (dream big), Start Small, Learn Fast, and Repeat.
Think Big – Make your vision bigger than your current reality. Think big, foresee a future where all your dreams are coming to life. Envision a positive transformation you are bringing in this world. Your idea should be big enough to give you goose bumps, but at the same time inspire you to wake up every day with excitement to take action. Thinking Big will enable you to lay a blueprint of the desired outcome. The blueprint gives you an outline of your destination and it does not entail every minor details. Stay focused on your vision (blueprint) to start building the foundation.
Start Small – Thinking big does not mean you have to start big. A desire to know everything and integrate everything in your business before an official launch can bring overwhelming fear. This will take your focus away from the vision and direct it to an unnecessary process that doesn’t deserve your attention. (Chances are you will end up not doing anything.) Starting big will use up your resources, time & energy at a rapid pace. Whereas, starting small will give you courage, energy and wisdom required to make progress toward your goals. Take small actions that align with your goals and make progress in achieving those goals. Every small step in the right direction will build momentum and lead you to the desired future.
Learn Fast – Starting small is all about discovering the problems at an early stage, finding the areas of uncertainty and breaking them down into smaller chunks for better understanding. In other words, measure the effectiveness of your actions or strategy early and analyze the data. This will aid you to make better decisions. In order to produce the best results, it is vital to: Build a minimum viable product – Measure its effectiveness in the market – and Learn fast to decide the next best course of action. Eric Ries, author of Lean Startup, discusses Build-Measure-Learn; a lean startup methodology in-depth.
Lean Startup isn’t about being cheap [but is about] being less wasteful and still doing things that are big. – Eric Ries
Repeat – What good will it do to the big vision if we do not repeat the process of think big – start small –learn fast.
Learning from your mistakes will only prove to be a beneficial if you iterate the entire cycle of build-measure-learn and improve. Consistency is the key to making a steady progress in the right direction. Without consistency one can only achieve a short term success. We get it, once in a while we all fall off the wagon. And that is why it is imperative to stay focused on your WHY and the big vision.
To sum up here are our two cents:
- Learn to crawl before you walk; learn to walk before you run.
- Dream, envision and grow into the best version of yourself.
- Get in the game and start making progress.
- Do not let your past and present results stop you from Thinking Big.
- It’s time to take action; start building your business & your life today!
We would love to hear from you. Share with us in the comments below, which idea resonated with you the most and what’s your biggest take away from build-measure-learn cycle.
Simplifying Business; Amplifying lives – UPXCEL
By – Praneet Kaur