How to Reach Your Goals When You Don't Know Where to Start


By Katie Torres

My dad is a storyteller. 

He loves to entertain, to make people laugh, and to build connection and relationship through the means of a good story.

From a young age, I got earfuls of stories. I also learned who Mark Twain was, and have never forgotten the name since.

So when I was trying to think of someone who I could quote to write this post, I didn't have to look very far.

Mark Twain once said, "The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, then starting on the first one."

It is easy to look at the image you have in your mind of what you think the end product should be, and feel overwhelmed about how you will get there.

When I sit down to write a blog post every week, I often feel completely overwhelmed at the task ahead of me.

I always start with some pretty good ideas. But turning zero words into 500 or less with great detail and interest is really, really difficult sometimes.

So usually, I just start writing.

I write a few words or a sentence that I think sounds good, and I keep rambling from there. I'm doing it now, actually. 

On my good days, my rambling leads to really great posts. But most days, I have to go back through and edit to make everything flow well and make sense.

It is easy for me to ramble, so I start with that. 

Once I have a blurb of words, I break it down into smaller sections so I can edit and perfect.

But truly, the key here is just for me to start writing. Because if I never start, then I never reach my goal of writing a post.

Mark Twain was onto something.

So if you're feeling overwhelmed today with a task that you're not sure how to complete, just take his advice.

Begin with what you can do, and go from there.