Start where you are, Use what you have and Do what you can

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Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

The 13 word quote above, from Arthur Ashe, is easy to read but for some reason, the words are hard to execute, at least for me.

Maybe, together, we can figure out how to apply these words to our own lives.

Start where you are

Have you ever gone to the local shopping mall and stood in front of a directory sign that says “You are Here” with the big arrow that points to where you are standing?

Look around right now.  You are here!  Forget about everything that happened yesterday, stop thinking about what might happen tomorrow and take a hard look where you are right this minute.

You are at the starting line of your big race, what is behind you is unimportant and there is nothing in front of you at this moment.  Get moving and start running right now.

Never starting is the fastest path to failure.  If you don’t start, you will always be in the same place.  Unless you are truly happy with your life and everything in it, you need to start something.

  • If you want to be a writer, start writing
  • If you want to be a runner, start running
  • If you want to be a doctor, start studying
  • If you want to be a chef, start cooking

Can you see the pattern here?  Just START!  You can start small, like doing some research on the internet or reading a book but either way, you have to start if you expect to get anywhere.

Use what you have

Now that you started, look around and see what you have to use.

If you want to be a writer, you can use a pen and paper, a computer, or even a crayon and a wall.  Well, maybe not the crayon and a wall because you will have to clean it but you get the idea.

There are many tools that you already have in your possession that you can use to reach your goal.  Be resourceful and find something that you can use to get you to where you want to be.

If you ever watched an old TV show called the A-Team, they were the experts of saving the day by using whatever they had available to them at that moment.  The odds were always against them but they always found some way to build something to get them out of harms way.  They would make a tank out of an old pickup truck and some steel parts or a battering ram out of a log and a golf cart.  They were masters of using whatever they had available around them and they always came out ahead.

Do what you can

Be realistic with yourself, do what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t do.

We often get caught up in what we cannot do instead of just doing what we can.  The key to our success is doing what we can do.  Once you start focusing on doing what you can do, you will find yourself moving closer to you goals.  Don’t let any other thoughts into your head except for those that you can do right now.

Start where you are, Use what you have and Do what you can

There is not much more to add except for me to ask you to put those words into action and Start!

2 Responses to Start where you are, Use what you have and Do what you can

  1. This really hits home for me. A few months ago I was fed up of hating my job and being jealous of people leading the life I wanted to live, so I quit and decided to follow my dreams. All it took was a little DOING instead of thinking.

  2. Hi Elizabeth,

    I know that I often think things to death but I have had my most successful moments when I just do.

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