“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddhist teaching.
For all of the importance we put on coming up with creative ideas, to pushing boundaries and being innovated, to doing great work we tend to miss the most important part of success: starting.
Here’s the thing about starting: it’s not that hard.
You can say that you don’t have time to pursue your creative endeavors, but the reality is that you certainly do. Day jobs, family, friends, responsibilities, school, hobbies, and down time are all important, but they don’t take up every minute of every day.
Starting a creative project only needs five minute a day, and everyone has five minutes to spare every day. Five minutes, five times a week, is enough to start anything.
You can undoubtedly find five minutes in your day if you look hard enough. Wake up ten minutes early and give yourself five minutes to open your eyes, then five minutes to do the work that needs to be done. Find five minutes at lunch. Take a five minute bathroom break to do the work. Spend five minutes just before bed. Five minutes, that’s all it takes to start.
Here’s the real kicker, I think: if something is important enough to you, you’ll make time for it. You can do that, you know?
As Leo Babauta explains in his article Create, “Say no to everything else. Put off what can be held at bay for the time being. And create time for what’s necessary…You have the power to create time, and the will to create. Don’t squander it, my friend.”
When you find yourself coming up with excuses not to start something, catch yourself and instead, start. You have the power.
What is something that you can start today, with only five minutes? Do that one thing.
Photo by Joe.