Now that your direction is clarified, it’s time to start taking action toward the specific goal you have. We do this by looking at the end result and then asking what it would take to get there. What do you actually need to do in order to see that result? This part isn’t about where you’re at—so it doesn’t matter where you start from. It doesn’t matter what’s in your bank account or where you live, what your current job is, what you wear—none of that matters here. This is simply taking account of what you need to do to get where you’re going. What does it look like? What does it feel like?
If you’re not sure of what to do to achieve your goal, the first part of that is researching what the steps are. Look into what it takes to own your shop. What permits and licenses are needed? Can you do your work on a laptop or do you need a brick and mortar shop? What is your mission? What team do you need to build to help you put the pieces together?
Once you have the answer to a question, then break it down to the first step to achieve it. Before you know it, you will have created the foundation. Take each step one at a time and repeat: break it down piece by piece until you can check it off. Before you know it, you are building the infrastructure of your dream. Then the walls, then the roof, and before you know it, it’s all together.
I know many people will think this is an oversimplification of something that can be incredibly complex and to them I say THAT’S HOW YOU CREATE MOMENTUM!! One step at a time. I’m not going to pretend that any of this is easy because it takes effort and concentration and breaking years and years of habits in some cases. It takes facing fear directly and saying I’m doing it anyway. That in itself is a huge hurdle, so if you get to the point where you’ve even begun, congratulations! The truth is that if we don’t break the complex into manageable parts, we won’t start and if we do, most of us won’t finish. We think we have to eat the whole pie in one bite and it’s easy to get discouraged when we can’t do it.
So the other step entwined in all of this is probably the hardest: take the leap and go after that dream with unwavering confidence that you can do it. That belief will put you miles ahead of the game. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers or to the people critical that you didn’t do it the way they would have. This is your dream, not theirs. You will probably have to remind yourself an endless amount of times that achieving your dream is doable. But those moments of doubt have no bearing over the end result so keep going and keep telling yourself how close you are. Psych yourself up and get excited because the work will change your life. It’s worth it, and remember, you’re only one decision away from a totally different life (Mark Batterson).