“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Mark twain said that and it applies to a great many things. We are in the first twenty days of a new year and it is a good time to ask yourself what do you want or need to get? What do you realistically think you can obtain and/or accomplish? Would it make your world a better place or just make you feel better?
Those are tough questions. I know I am not sure how to answer. What I am certain of is that probably most of what I want would be a benefit to only me and not perhaps the world at large or even my neighbors close by. We all have to start, though. The clock is ticking and time waits for no one. We need to get busy living and that means getting busy getting.
The above quote from Mark Twain is not complete. The rest of the quote goes like this: “The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Known for his many books, Mark Twain began each one the same way – with a word, then a page. A chapter was soon written and later the entire book. We need to approach our life like that.
Pablo Picasso once said “I’m always doing things I can’t do. That is how I get to do them.” Too often we consider our success/fail ratio and decide the fail pendulum is too heavy and we give up before we even try. We need to determine a goal and then go for it. Recently I considered a new course of action. I instantly thought of all the reasons I could not be successful in this venture rather then decide on why I could. Picasso would have been very disappointed in me.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs encountered a great amount of resistance but he persevered and helped change the world of technology.
Gandhi once remarked that “My life is my message.” What will you get today that will be the first page of your life this year? What will you get that will benefit the world? We need to make our life our mission, not simply live it as though it is an intermission. I wish you well in your living today and hope that whatever you get becomes your first step towards a better tomorrow.