Starting a new project can be scary. Whether it’s starting a new business, beginning a nonprofit organization, or something as simple as starting a new diet, anything new can be overwhelming. It can cause anxiety, fear, and stagnation.
About a year ago, I chose to dip my toe into the world of politics. My husband had decided to run for County Commissioner and I was appointed as his campaign treasurer. I had previously had no interest in politics but I wanted to take this on to help him. So I learned as much as I could about what needed to happen. I helped him with other aspects of his campaign as well, like his website and promotional materials. I dove right in – and ended up taking on more in the political realm than I had ever imagined. I am now treasurer of my local county party, assistant project manager for a ‘Women in Politics’ project, and a member of the fundraising committee for Outright Libertarians. I had no prior experience in politics but I have become passionate about what I do.
Last week I talked about start up capital; however, there’s an important key to starting a new endeavor. That key is to simply start! Have your basics in line – get any computer programs that are absolutely needed, gain your capital, and figure out any other things that you need to start – but don’t put it off. The longer you try to prepare for every minor detail, the less likely you are start at all. An example of this is starting a podcast. There are several apps out there that you can download onto your phone in order to record and upload your podcast. Decide on what you want to talk about, create a name, get an app, and get to it! You can work out things like equipment, fancy openings, and other creative spins after you get started. Once it’s going, you’re more likely to keep up with it and improve upon it as you go.
No matter what you want to take on in life, sometimes you have to just do it. Learn as you go. You’ll always learn more for as long as you continue the project. Why not start now?