How to Take the Toughest Step of All

You have written down your goal. You have itemized your plan. You know where you are going and you know how to get there. All you have to do now is take the first step.

Still standing there? Afraid to move? You are not alone. The very first action is often the most daunting because we know that once we begin, we must carry on.

Here are three tips to make that first step as easy as pie.

  1. Make it smaller. Although your action plan may call for a whole day to be spent working on writing the first 2,000 words of your book, that might be too much. How about telling yourself that you will spend just ten minutes and write two paragraphs? Maybe you have to cold call two hundred companies, in the next week, to promote your new business. Why not allow yourself to call ten in the next hour?
  2. Do it. Yes, that's right. Simply start writing, or pick up that phone and just blindly do it. Try not to analyze, think about it or otherwise let yourself be talked out of it. As they say, just do it. Do it until it is done.
  3. Review, rest, reward and repeat. Finally, when you have completed the small task that you gave yourself, take five minutes to look at what you have done and congratulate yourself for actually taking your first step. Then take a short rest and reward yourself with a cup of coffee, or five minutes off to read a book, or just a short walk round the block to clear your head. Then come right back and do the whole thing over again. Call the next ten companies, write the next two paragraphs.

As soon as you apply this approach to your whole plan you will be amazed at how fast the work goes, how pleased you will be with progress and how proud you will be of your achievement.

  • About

    headshot: David Beroff in St. ThomasDavid Beroff started writing software at the age of 11, and was teaching Computer Science at Rutgers University by the time he was 18. After designing software for two decades, he started his own Internet marketing firm in '95; one of his company's earliest successes was, a free feedback-form service that was later sold to Wondermill.

    Beroff had bought and sold four million voluntary, opt-in email leads generated with properties like LeadFactory and SuperTAF before the business failed in '07. He is the author of the book, Turn Funny Email into CASH!, and is currently developing a new social media site,

    He has two grown children, and now lives outside of Scranton with his girlfriend and five cats.

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