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How To Start Over and Over Again

How To Start Over and Over Again

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Start over: Getting good at it

Start over: Getting good at it

There’s a hope that when we start creating a new habit, we’ll master it and never have to worry about it again, or when we start a new project, it’ll go perfectly.

Unfortunately, life never goes according to our plans. Things don’t ever go smoothly, progress is never linear, and we’ll always get disrupted. 

What we need to do is get good at starting, then starting again. And again. This is an incredible skill that becomes a superpower

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How to start over: The skill of starting

Lots of people never do this, procrastinating, saying they’ll start tomorrow. So just starting at all is an incredible step.

The skill isn’t that hard, and with practice, you can get good at starting:

  • Take the tiniest step to get started. Any movement at all.
  • Commit yourself to continuing that tiny step every day. Get accountability if you need it, and set up reminders so you don’t forget.
  • Keep taking tiny steps, creating a good feeling about this endeavor and about yourself. This good feeling is a powerful thing.

When you notice yourself pushing it off, delaying the start, rationalizing why you can start “in a few minutes” shake that off. Just take the first step. After that step, the other steps are a lot easier.

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How to start over: Dealing with disruptions

  • When you get disrupted, notice this and notice any tendency to be harsh with yourself about it, or resentful towards life or other people about the disruption.
  • Shake off that feeling and instead, tell yourself that life is an uncontrollable river and you just have to flow with it. You just need to adapt to the present circumstance.
  • Shrugging off any past mistakes, focus on starting again.
  • If there’s any learning to take from the previous attempt, adjust your method to account for whatever obstacles you faced.

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