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Liz Toogood & ‘it’

It’s one of ‘those days’. We all have them. The sun is shining and we want to bask in its warmth or the rain is falling and we want to do nothing except drink hot chocolate and snuggle up in front of a roaring fire. It is so easy to not do what we should be doing and find something else to fill the time.


 Why don’t we take a moment to try and understand what the problem is?

  • Not sure what you should be doing?
  • Not sure what you want to achieve?
  • It all looks too huge, too daunting?
  • You have an objective but no proper plan to achieve it?
  • You need information, skill or input from others which you have not amassed yet?
  • You’re too frightened to ask for help?
  • You feel you’re not up to doing it?
  • Well, you think, if I don’t start I can’t fail?
  • You’re worried you won’t get it right?
  • You’re not confident enough in your own ability to do it?
  • If you just ignore it, maybe the whole thing will go away….

first-step1They say every journey begins with a single step – once we are on the way we keep going and the nearer we get to the finish line the more motivated we get. It is that first step that is always so hard to take, whether you’re a toddling infant or a grown-up………but how great does it feel once you get going?

So – you can just not do whatever ‘it’ is; go on meaning to, promising yourself you will, but never actually starting out.

Or, carpe diem, you can join the ‘Elizabeth Toogood School of Get up and Go’ and kick-start yourself in to taking that first step.  And here’s how;

  • Set yourself a timer, spend 30 minutes on ‘it’, no more, no less.
  • Today – get a nice project book and gather all your ideas together.original_A_Little_Book_of_Big_Ideas_Tan_Cut_Out
  • Tomorrow – review your ideas and start to think through a plan.
  • The day after start on the plan. The day after that…… get the picture.
  • Break it down into bite-sized chunks that you can tackle in the next few days.
  • Remind yourself of a time when you set about something big in trepidation but achieved it in the end. Write about it in your book.
  • Visualise the lovely warm satisfied feeling of having done it.
  • Clear your mental and physical space – shift all the distractions.
  • Start your day with the project – then you can feel good for the rest of the day.
  • Don’t answer the door, switch off the phone, don’t look at your emails; don’t check Twitter, don’t make yourself coffee – JUST WORK ON THE PROJECT.
  • Focus on the task itself, what it will do for you, why it is important.
  • Promise yourself a reward when you finish your first bite-sized chunk.woman_working_on_laptop_outside
  • If the sun is shining take the work outside.
  • If it’s cold and rainy make your space warm and cosy inside.
  • Tell someone whose opinion you value that you are working on whatever it is.
  • Tell them when you have achieved your first milestone.

That wasn’t so hard was it? Please take a moment to let me know how you got on, I’d love to hear from you,


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