We should always make an effort of starting, no matter what. The worst thing that can happen is stopping.

The majority of people are looking for reasons why they can’t start, so they always find one. That’s the only thing that stops them from achieving their goals. Whether we’re starting a business, pursuing our dreams, or losing weight, the first and most important thing we should always consider is getting started, no matter what.

When you take the first step, the next one will reveal itself! Without starting we will never even get to the point of being able to make mistakes and pick ourselves up again. Failure is not the end of the journey. There will always be opportunity and hope as long as you are willing to try and try again.

I’ve been guilty of thinking … once I get this or do that … then I’ll start doing … whatever. Wasting my life waiting to be ready. Now I’m just doing and experiencing.

The obstacles are the path. If you’ve never been in a situation or on a journey where there were no obstacles, you probably weren’t moving. The fun part is that it’s your journey, your goals, your life, and therefore, you get to define what perfect is! Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and Con lists are just as bad. If it is important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and course-correct along the way. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.

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About Charlie Perkins

Charlie Perkins is an author, musician, photographer, and videographer based in Rochester. The Chicago-bred Perkins attended Northwestern University concentrating on Radio, TV Broadcasting, and Interpersonal Communications. He spent 29 years at Harris Bank in Chicago and taught “Principles of Corporate Television” Columbia College in the same city. He has also spent 17 years as Unit Manager, Media Support Services for the Mayo Clinic. In a previous life, he covered the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan’s championship run, ’96-‘98 as a freelance photographer.