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On Starting | Entreprelife

On Starting

Smiling Pear on Starting Line

The hardest part of doing anything is taking the first step. Starting something new scares me. When you or I actually take a step to start something an icy cold hand grips our heart. It grips mine anyway. It reaches inside of me and wraps itself around my greatest hope and does every­thing in its power to stop me.

I can’t get too mad at fear, I encourage it every step of the way: I justify my fear, I tell myself it doesn’t matter or that someone else is already doing what I want to do. I am probably not that good anyway. And it would be hard; I don’t have time for something that difficult when medi­oc­rity is so easy!

In his book “The War of Art” Steven Press­field calls this fear Resis­tance. Resis­tance is the reason most of us want to write a book but never do. Why so many dream of being their own boss while never taking steps to do so. It is why painters don’t paint. It is why a couple will spend their entire life dreaming of retire­ment while never investing a single dollar. Resis­tance is the reason this blog is beginning in January 2011 and not October 2010. It is the reason I have had multiple book ideas over the past five years while never writing a single page.

Every day people change the course of their lives. How do they do it? They think differently.

That is both the easiest and hardest thing a person can do.

Have you heard about the man who, after learning he only has three months to live, quits his job and becomes a painter. A year later the cancer is offi­cially in remission but he doesn’t pick up his old life, he continues on as a successful painter. He says he has never been happier. How is this possible? How does an executive become a painter? He changes his thinking! That is the only thing that ever changes anyone.

Death does not cause people to change; it causes them to step back and see how necessary change is. It gives them a reason to overcome resistance.

With this blog post I offi­cially take the first step in over­coming my resis­tance. How about you? Do you need to be told you will die before you live the life of your dreams? Can you change your life right now by deciding it will be different? I believe you can.

What dream are you terrified of living? Let me know in the comments.

23 Responses to “On Starting”

  1. Brandon January 4, 2011 at 8:48 AM #

    Great post here, Alex! This is so true…changing our minsets can help us live the life God wants us to live!

    • Alex January 4, 2011 at 10:19 PM #

      amen! What are you hoping to accom­plish this year?

      • Brandon January 5, 2011 at 1:06 PM #

        Well, I am currently in the dual-enrollement program at my local college…so I am hoping to get my 2 yr AA when I grad high­school. Also, I am hoping to get something great going with my worship band! And…overall to be a better leader!

        What about you?

        • Alex January 5, 2011 at 6:54 PM #

          My three biggest goals are:

          1) Get married! (easily accom­plished on April 16th!)
          2) Grow this blog into a sustain­able business
          3) Help grow and encourage those in my bible study.

          There are a lot more but those are some of the bigger things I would like under my belt by the end of the year!

          • Brandon January 6, 2011 at 11:28 AM #

            Very cool! Those are some great goals! I also have a goal of making my blog into something great!

  2. JeniferR January 4, 2011 at 9:03 AM #

    Very good post. This is excellent. I have often thought of this but never put it into words! I do fear. I fear ending up where I was before. I fear being behind on my bills. I fear not having food in the fridge. I fear pawning every item in my home in order to try and make ends meet. And then, when I push fear aside, I realize that I will NEVER go back to that as long as I make wise decisions. I push fear aside this year as I begin to make financial decisions never before made. I push fear aside as I embark on an exciting journey of freedom and inde­pen­dence. There is no reason to be fearful. God is good.

    • Alex January 4, 2011 at 10:21 PM #

      This is it! It is so great to see! I am constantly scared, but that first step is always worth it!

      And you have so many wonderful things in your life! A new daughter, a wonderful family, a great job, and a loving God!

  3. Mike Luna January 4, 2011 at 1:16 PM #

    Good start, although I will forever miss that Coming Soon page.

    • Alex January 4, 2011 at 10:21 PM #

      It will remain there for a short while longer if you would like to say goodbye

      • Mike Luna January 5, 2011 at 12:26 AM #

        Never let go, Coming Soon page. Never let go…

  4. Timmy Davis January 4, 2011 at 6:28 PM #

    Good luck! And as for the pear, all I can say is LOLWUT?

    • Alex January 4, 2011 at 10:21 PM #

      hahaha, that’s kind of what I said too…

  5. Brandon January 5, 2011 at 2:41 PM #

    By the way, Alex, I added your site to my links on my site! Hopefully, it will bring you more traffic!

    • Alex January 5, 2011 at 6:52 PM #

      Thank you so much, Brandon!

  6. Don January 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM #

    Awesome start man!

    • Alex January 7, 2011 at 6:08 PM #

      Thank you!

  7. BrittanyP January 6, 2011 at 9:21 PM #

    Alex, your post is very true. I enjoyed reading it and I look forward to more of your entries.

    • Alex January 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM #

      Thanks Britt! I hope you enjoy them! =)

  8. Amanda January 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM #

    I don’t think I would use the word terrified. I think I would use hesitant or cautious. I had a LOT of tragedy in my 2010 calendar year. Through some of these grueling circum­stances I have learned that the decisions and goals I make are important, and defi­nitely have an impact in my future. So when I approach thinking about living my dream I approach with caution and slight hesi­ta­tion. I want to align my heart with God and make sure my goals and dreams are glori­fying. That in living them out, or pursuing them, I am glori­fying God by using the gifts he has blessed me with. I am not saying I was perfect in my attempts throughout 2010, but I always tried to approach living my dreams with patience.

    So to answer the question directly, there really isn’t a dream I am terrified of living because my dream is to glorify God in all I do in life, while I’m living.

    • Alex January 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM #

      That is a good answer


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