To be able to finish, first we must start.
What can you start today that your future self will thank you for?
“A year from now you will wish you had started today” by Karen Lamb.
You can watch the video here.
This idea of starting today, to embrace the pain of discomfort of doing something that I don’t know how is going to work out, knowing it is so much better to be disciplined about starting than to live with the pain of regret, of wishing I had started earlier, is really resonating again.
I’m reflecting on the vision, goals and why I started in the first place and what I need to do today to learn about what works and what needs refining to ensure that vision can be realised.
I know what I’m good at, I know where my strengths are, I know how I help people, I feel alive in a way that is indescribable when I’m in that zone. But to work out exactly how it’s going to work out, how I’m going to grow and scale The Happiness Hunter, to reach more people and to expand our walks, to do that, means that today I just need to start.
I need to take this idea I have and put it into action, knowing that it might not be perfect first go, but that it will be perfect in its imperfection and that in a years time I will look back and love myself for having the courage to simply start. Knowing that the action of starting is how I’ll get the answers.
So STAY TUNED Adelaide, Brisbane, East Gippsland & Perth – I’m coming your way in August and September! Am just finalising dates and venues, so more details will follow in the next week or so.
The question for you today is what are you going to start today that your future self will thank the you of today for? What can you do TODAY that you will look back on in 12 months, 2 years or 5 years time and love yourself for having the discipline and courage to simply have started something that for too long had simply been an idea?
Just as important as starting… is CELEBRATING the finish!
As most of you know, the book was actually published in April and initially I wasn’t going to have a party to mark it’s achievement, it felt like it was a bit over the top.
But as an excellent starter of things, an ok doing-er of things and a not so strong finisher of things, I’m starting to realise how good it is to see things through to their completion. It’s one thing to have an idea and to start but it’s also very important to finish, to acknowledge the finish and to honour what has been achieved.
It was brilliant to anchor the creation and completion of this book surrounded by my family, friends, Happiness Hunters and clients. Showing thanks, being grateful for the inspiration and the determination, persistence and courage to see it through, and acknowledging it, rather than just shrugging it off and moving on to the next thing after all the blood, sweat and tears that we all know goes into the creation and finishing of anything.
The finish must be shown the respect it deserves.
The finish must be CELEBRATED!
So make sure you celebrate the next big (or little) achievement you achieve (from something that one day you simply decided to start).
Anchor it. Enjoy it. Love it with your whole heart. .
PS Today is a good day for me to start something, today is my birthday and today I am starting Book Number Two, which is simply called “The Happiness Hunter”. My goal is to have this published before another birthday rolls around :-).
Fiona Redding is the founder of The Happiness Hunter, co-host of #BusinessAddicts The Podcast and author of The Happiness Hunter’s Guide to Meditation.
The Happiness Hunter will guide and empower you to change your life with the strategies, tools and mindset shifts required to live an abundant, successful and happy life, free of stress and anxiety.
Our services include life coaching and healing services, workshops, retreats, keynote presentations and corporate wellbeing programs with a focus on life integration instead of work life balance.
The Happiness Hunter also organises free community walks throughout Australia in an effort to increase happiness & wellbeing through human connection, nature & exercise, which is supported by a leadership network.