I often discover that I want to start things that I have no idea how to do. Does that ever happen to you?
When I wanted to learn needlepoint back in high school, it was easy. I learned that from a book. I made several needlepoints. I practiced until I got good. I mastered it. I got bored. I moved on to other things :-)
Now, the things I want to do are a little different. They tend to be more intellectually challenging for me to master. They tend to be things such as becoming my own publisher for my books. I’m slowly but surely getting a handle on that. I have a developmental editor, a copy editor, a layout person, and an indexer. I’m not sure if I have made the best choices on covers. I’m still working on that. I have a cover designer, and I’m working on a “look” for my covers.
I have these audio files from my Manage Your Job Search celebration. I have no idea how to host them “in the cloud.” (At least I know that I want to!) Where do I put the audio files? How do I link to them? At least I have the questions. (The original recordings are horrible. I needed to re-record them.)
But, sometimes you don’t even have the questions. How do you start then?
We all have problems like these that we want to solve. The question is this: how do we start?
Take a step. Experiment. Get a little feedback. Incorporate that feedback. Take another step.
You might have to do some research to take that first step. However, if you stay in research mode, you never take that first step. You’re stuck. You need to step. Even if that step is small.
You can manage the risks for that small step. You can say, “This is a beta,” or something like that. When you manage the risks, you manage your vulnerability and emotional resilience.
If you don’t take that first step, you will never know what you are capable of. And that would be a shame, wouldn’t it?
You can start things where you don’t know if you can do them. You can. This is part of living with and adapting to change. It’s part of being an adaptable problem solver.
Take that first step. Until you do, you have no idea what you are capable of.
Dear adaptable problem solvers, this week’s question of the week is: How do I start something when I don’t know how? I hope I have provided you some ideas.
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