I enjoyed writing for many years and would normally write in journals or random blog articles from time to time. The content structure and topics changed over time but similar messaging was at its core.
Positive Mindset. Consistency. Action. Progress.
A little over a year ago, leading into April 2021, I made a decision. I was a few years into my Just Get Started Podcast and loved doing the show and wasn’t going to stop anytime soon. But those are longer-form interviews. I wanted another medium to share my thoughts, my voice, and my perspective. Blogging, and really “micro-blogs”, were something I enjoyed. Something about dispelling a message into as few words as possible and making it relatable and enjoyable (and a little vulnerable) was intriguing to me.
So I made a commitment.
Launch a blog article every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. I knew it was going to add some more time to my plate but it was important for me with where I wanted to go and the message I wanted to share with the world.
The message above all else is to Just Get Started.
I’m proud to say that after 12 months and over 140 blog articles later we are back in the month of April, a full year after beginning this project. I am more excited than ever to keep writing and sharing these stories and observations and I hope they have been valuable to you.
We don’t know what will happen or how it might impact us but if we believe in something or find a purpose in pursuing a meaningful project then we have to take the steps to get started and keep moving forward. Consistent action over and over again works.
Too many times I’ve sat on the sidelines and wondered and wished and never just did.
It may not work out as we want it to or we might pivot to something else but we don’t know that at first. All we know is that we want to do it.
So go do it. The only thing holding us back is ourselves.
I’ve been in the position where I sat on the sidelines because I was scared to get in the game. I didn’t believe I could do it. We all feel that from time to time. It’s when we realize that it doesn’t actually matter if we believe we can do it or not and what matters is that we try and we build on it from there. We take a leap of faith. We become brave.
Confidence breeds confidence. You only get that from being in the game and being a part of the action.
So, go do it. Whatever it is that you want to do. Start small if you want. But just start.
Whether you succeed or fail never matters, it’s that you can look back at some distant point from the future and be proud of yourself that when your number was called you suited up and checked into the game.
You weren’t going to miss this opportunity.
A Full Revolution Begins with One MotionBrian Ondrako2022-07-29T17:26:12-04:00
Why does a Monarch butterfly do the things it does?
Here is a caterpillar, crawling around the earth and living just fine. Then, for reasons we can’t possibly fully know, it decides to create a cocoon and after a short isolation period, boom, it now has wings.
It now can fly somehow. Not only does it fly but it flies over 3000 miles to migrate in Central Mexico each year.
How does it know to do that?
What magic just happened in that cocoon?
I can’t be for certain but it’s a great metaphor for life.
We are always changing. We are always evolving our thinking. We are always moving forward.
Each day. Each minute. Each second.
Our thoughts and actions determine the person we will be tomorrow, and the next week, and the next year.
Unlike the caterpillar, we can choose our path forward.
We can create the life that we want even if today, reading this, we might not feel we can.
Those can be hard things; change, but we are capable.
We have to have the courage to take the risk of changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
We have to know we are capable of the hard work to create action and progress.
Regret might be one of the least desirable emotions to have because when it surfaces we have almost no answer to it.
It’s in the past. It’s over.
We can’t fix it or go back and that’s why it hurts so much.
However, what we have to remember is that we had the chance to make the “correct” choice at that specific time. It’s easy to use hindsight to think we got it wrong but we have to remember the person we were when the decision was made.
Were they ready to make the choice that we now regret?
Were they prepared?
Did they have the courage to think differently?
It’s useless to regret decisions from the past because the person looking back is much wiser, lived, and weathered than the one that made the decision back then. They have more information now which gives them a skewed perspective on it all. Of course, we would change it if it didn’t appear to work out in our favor.
What’s more important is that the person we are today uses our past experiences to recognize new opportunities when they surface and then makes the best decision possible for their life with the information they have available to them at the time.
This way, as the years pass, there can’t be any regret because we acted in the best way we could’ve when we were called to make the tough decision.