“If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.”
~ Woody Allen

Everywhere I turn someone is either mentioning that they’re writing a book, that they’ve written a book or that I should be writing a book. If I turn on the TV, I’m bound to see someone talking about how to self-publish.  If I open a magazine or newspaper I’m reading about how someone finally sat down and wrote their book.  It’s to the point now that total strangers are approaching me and talking about writing books.

Geheime Korrespondenz (secret correspondence), by Carl von Bergen

I get it.  I got the message Universe.  I hear you loud and clear.

Question is (and I’m sure I’m not alone here)…Now what?

Once you actually realize that there are signs all around you – messages just for you – what do you actually do with that knowledge? Do you jump right into things not really knowing where to even begin?  Or do you take some time to ponder, noodle and research?  I think that really depends on you.

In fact, I think both are good places to begin.  Here are three simple steps that help you get started on your next project.

Sit with it for a bit.  I think a good place to start is to actually sit with the idea for a bit.  I’m fairly certain that whatever project that the Universe is hinting at is something a little scary.  That’s okay.  It’s something new, and like we mentioned last week, doing things that make us uncomfortable is a good thing.  And well, let’s be honest, the Universe wouldn’t be sending you these signs, if it wasn’t supposed to be for something big.  Go ahead and sit with it.  Notice how it feels.  Think back to how long you have been harboring this secret project (come on you know you’ve always wanted to write a book, quite your job, climb Mt. Everest, open a restaurant,etc.).  Let yourself feel afraid, but also let yourself feel excited.

Once that excitement (with maybe a twinge of anxiousness or anxiety) kicks in it’s time for the next step…

Create a plan.  Figure out what your first step is going to be.  Then what the next step after that might be.  And keep going until you run out of ideas.  Don’t worry about making mistakes…you’re just working on creating a plan, it doesn’t need to be perfect.  Make a list of everything you think you need to do.  And if that first step is research, then so be it.  Create a schedule.  Maybe take schedule some time with a trust friend and brainstorm some ideas or steps for your project.

Which brings us to the next and final step…

Take action.  Any action.  You’re never going to get this new project off the ground if you don’t do something. Anything. Any step is going to be forward movement…it got you moving, didn’t it?  I mention this over and over, so I’m a little hesitant to say it yet again, but I will…imperfect action beats perfect inaction any way you slice it.  Don’t worry about making mistakes.  I’m fairly certain that the signs you’re receiving don’t say anything about starting that business, or moving across country, or going back to school, or writing that book perfectly or without any mistakes!  We learn from our mistakes, so don’t let that hold you back.

Will this get your project done by the end of the week?  Probably not.

But you know what?  I think you’ll find that the overall project isn’t nearly as scary as you first thought.  And now you actually have a plan or at least a first couple steps to get you going.  And a first step is better than no step!

Have I started my book yet?  No, but I’ve come out and shared with you that it’s about time I do.  And that puts me one step closer to getting started.  As dancer, Judith Jamison puts it, “once you’ve danced, you always dance. You can’t deny the gifts that God sends your way.”

If you need some accountability, come on over to the Success for Solopreneurs Facebook Community and post.  Share your project, your idea, your plan with some like-mind peeps and ask for what you need.

ACTION PLAN: So what’s the first step you’ll be taking?