On launching something hard.

How to prepare yourself to tackle something new.

  1. Mindset. What is the story that you can tell yourself about this project, to position you for the most success? This is likely one of the most critical elements. You need to convince yourself that you are doing this for a meaningful reason. You also need to tell yourself that you likely will have limited success for some time while you develop your skills. Figure out how you need to adjust your mindset to allow for success.
  2. Learn. What are the key skills that you need to learn for the project to be successful? Ask yourself where and how you might go about developing those skills. While doing this, ensure that you are not using your learning as a tool to permit procrastination. The best way to learn is by doing and failing, so take care not to put so much of your time into learning that you are putting off working on the project.
  3. Ask for help. This ties to the point above about the need to learn and develop your skills. Who can you ask to help you? Don’t tackle everything yourself; have the humility to admit that you don’t know what you are doing, and to reach out to others that you.
  4. Get creative. By definition, undertaking a tough project is hard. Spend some time generating novel ideas, tapping into your creative energies. I love using mind-mapping tools for this, but a pen and paper will do the trick too. The key is to not censor yourself. Let your imagination run wild and note any ideas that you have about how you might go about tackling this project, without worrying about how practical these ideas might actually be.
  5. Get uncomfortable. Start working on the project. And get used to feeling that it is hard, that you don’t know what the heck you are doing. Do it anyway. Make yourself mildly uncomfortable every single day. Just a little progress on the project consistently is the best way forward.

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Tim Parkins

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Career Coach & Work Architect. Work shouldn’t be something you hate doing. I can help you get there. https://timparkins.com