We’ve all made excuses as to why we haven’t started something we really want to do. We are too busy or not prepared enough to get started.

The truth is, we have a million excuses that we can all use to avoid the choices and sacrifices we need to truly succeed. Sometimes, however, these excuses are legal.

Sometimes we really have to figure things out first before we do to acquire our first customers. And sometimes we should really stop working on an idea that clearly becomes failure.

The problem is knowing whether our artificial eating is really legitimate or whether we are just stopping. We’re going to explore some ways you can tell the difference, and we’ll start all over.

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Thinking over it

In almost everything we do, there are many benefits to having a thought process that is separate from taking action. Investing in the design phase of a project is essential to ensure its success.

Just as you probably wouldn’t go on stage in front of hundreds of people and start talking without preparing a speech, it’s rarely a good idea to jump on one leg first and hope you swim instead of sinking.

Take the time to really judge if you are ready to act. Does your idea look semi-finished? Is that the best solution to the problem you are trying to solve? If you’re the type that works first and you think about it later, be sure to slow down and visualize the real end of your project. That’s right – pretend you’ve already achieved your goal.

What it looks like? What deliverables have been created? What is your customer’s reaction? If the reality doesn’t fit in with the desired scenario, it’s time to recalibrate what you’ve done and start over.

Take action

Many of us are suffocating here. You’ve planned and designed your peers, and you’re sure the project is going to be a huge success. For some reason, though, it’s really hard for you to get started.

Maybe you’re missing some essential part or you feel like your skills in a particular area aren’t quite par. Whatever the excuse, it will prevent you from actually taking that first step.

Believe it or not, this common problem is easy to fix. It includes setting clear deadlines for action. Even if you haven’t completely thought of everything, it just helps to put something out there and get feedback from others.

If you’re working on a long-term project for a client and you find yourself struggling to make decisions, see if you can communicate with them more regularly and get their input. Or better yet, go look for some members of your client’s target audience and ask them what they think about your work so far. Do they resonate? Which parts are the most successful?

This kind of “at work” testing is a great way to plan your work and operate simultaneously. You don’t have to be 100% ready before you submit your work to the world for evaluation.

Often, the ideas and suggestions you get by showing people what you have will help make your work even better than it would otherwise have been.

It’s better to do something – anything – that’s “good enough” than do nothing and wait absolute perfection. Once you start, you will learn more than ever by researching and planning alone.

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If you fail, quit?

In a word, yes. Part of success is knowing that you will fail many times. If you want to succeed on a regular basis, you need to develop anticipation so you know when reject the idea or a project that doesn’t work.

The reason may be that you ran into complications that you didn’t plan, or simply that you just aren’t interested in taking the time to complete the project. It is equally important to find out who you really are want work as it is to make a decision to work somewhere.

The last thing you want is for a project you just feel like that, to simply get mediocre results, which results in months or years of work without a big profit. It’s much better fail somewhere fast – identifying a failure when you see it.

If you’re working on a project, you can’t get yourself to meet your minimum goals every day (30 minutes of writing, an hour of finding new clients), maybe it’s time to admit to yourself that what you thought you wanted to achieve doesn’t really work for you anymore.

Give yourself a tough deadline and evaluate your progress. If you haven’t taken anything strictly in two or three weeks, it’s important to be honest and ask yourself if you really want to complete this job.

Sometimes the answer is “no” – and that’s just ok. We count all our enthusiasm for the idea from time to time wrong, and there’s no shame in starting over if interest suddenly wears off.

Again, set a concrete goal (I’m going to finish this book in three months, etc.) to get started. Decide that you are going to do everything that needs to be done to achieve this goal on time. If that doesn’t happen, you know it’s time to move on and try something else.

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New view

Sometimes we need a new perspective. Determination is important to see the project to the end, especially if it is personal project than a branch that no one pays you to run (and that may not produce financial results for years).

If you’ve burned out on a project, but you’re absolutely sure you want to do it, it’s probably time to pull back on it a bit and look at it from a different perspective.

Maybe all you need is selection feedback from a trusted friend or mentor. Or maybe a day that spent brainstorming and gathering more inspiration brings new life and strength to your work.

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