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Quotes on New Beginnings From History's Greatest Leaders

Plato

"The beginning is the most important part of the work."

Plato

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The most desired changes

The so-called 'I can't wait!' change refers to the situation when you are excited about taking on a new job, getting married and all these big changes that you decide to undergo thr...

The necessary changes

The "I know I have to" beginnings are a bit more challenging to handle than the desired ones. This is mainly because we do the changes as we need to instead of actually wanting them.

These situations require courage, determination as well as building up a plan in steps about how to accomplish the change that needs to finally happen.

The forced change

This is the " Please don't make me do this" type of change.

Change can come both from inside and outside oneself. However, when somebody or something forces a change upon us, we tend to perceive the experience as being painful. Moreover, if we are prone to depression, it can actually put our health at risk. The best two ways to cope with this kind of situation is by either seeking professional help or starting to plan our recovery.

Google once, then start sketching

When you need to understand something unfamiliar to you, do some searches to have a quick overview of what other people have said about the topic. 

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Get inside the right people's heads

Knowledge often comes not only from asking the right questions but meeting with the right people. So don't just seek smart people. Seek the right smart people.

There are key insights experts can’t reveal. The most valuable insights often come from people who are closest to a product, policy, or service but outside your sphere.

Teach to know

If you can't explain it with simple words, you don't really understand it. So write out everything you know about a subject as if you were teaching it to someone else.

Go beyond the professional jargon and assess if you really understand that complicated terminology.

The "fresh start" effect
The "fresh start" effect

The fresh start effect is defined as the feeling all individuals know at the beginning or end of an experience, week etc. It says that people are better at tackling their goals when they st...

Keep track of your performance

In order to reach your goal, learn to rely on performance metrics, in order to understand where exactly you stand in terms of performance. To allow a successful tracking of personal progress:

  • Define a deadline
  • Use a simple system to track your progress
  • Ask for help from a trustworthy person if you cannot do it yourself.*
Think big

After a period of success, you most certainly want to keep doing the things in the same way, as it has allowed you to achieve everything that was on your list, rather than starting all over again.

In order to make sure that it does happen like this, consider making a visual that can enable you to go over your past progress while keep your motivation alive or keeping track of your progress by means of monthly reports.