Inspired Learning: Getting Started

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Getting Started

Even When You Don’t Feel Ready

by J.M. Troppello

I saw a Toyota commercial the other day and one of the actors said You don’t have to be amazing to start, but you need to start to be amazing. That statement resonated with me. I wrote it down so I could use it in an article. When I researched online to find the proper information to source the quote, I found out that Zig Ziglar said the same exact thing except for using the word great instead of amazing.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

I think that quote resonated with me because I’ve been working hard to improve my writing techniques and build my audience on various platforms. I know I’m not the most amazing writer in the world.

However, I know I’m on the right track for success.

  • Acceptance – I know I’m good at my craft, but not great—and I can get better.

  • Action – I’m taking steps to learn and become better each day.

  • Vulnerable – I’m trying to be more vulnerable and open in what I share.

  • Open – I’m working hard at being more open to constructive criticism.

  • Hope – I believe that if I stay on track, I’ll get to the tipping point soon.

Stepping Out in Your Fear

Maybe you have been your own worst enemy. You’ve been hindering your own personal growth. Fear may have been holding you back from achieving something great because you’re too afraid to fail.

If you fail, that’s okay.

I’ve failed so many times.

But I keep going.

Sure, there’s an evaluation process. I need to identify why I failed and how to prevent that from happening again. However, if I stop trying to achieve my goals, I’m never going to accomplish anything.

The key word is trying.

When you try, you may fail. Maybe you won’t. That’s the beauty of trying something new. You get an opportunity to be successful. If you fail while trying, embrace the failure.

Don’t get stagnated in the failure and have a pity party.

Get up and learn from the mistakes, then try again.

Persistence is Important

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

I agree with this mindset that persistence is invincible. Talent, genius, and education are important. Yet, I agree with Calvin Coolidge when he dismisses those three things and regards persistence and determination as the supreme key in achieving success.

You can have talent, but never achieve anything great. You can be the smartest person in the room, but never try to accomplish significant goals. You may be extremely well-educated yet fail to try to reach your objectives.

But the key component that drives successful people is persistence. Successful people are fueled by determination to succeed at all costs.

I want to be in the camp with the successful people. I want to surround myself with people who can motivate me to succeed. I don’t want to be held back by negative voices that want to derail my objectives.

You can be in that same group with successful people when you focus on diligently following your action plan. Learn from your failures. Cultivate a mindset that will not accept defeat. Success may take a while, but you’ll get there if you don’t give up.


About the Author

J M Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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