For a long time, I've been thinking about starting a new course. I recently discovered that for the first time, I wrote down the plan to launch a course in August of 2015.
At that time, I'd worked with clients that were both local and international. I wanted to make a course for other designers who want to break into new markets and work with foreign clients.
However, because I had a little faith in my own skills and thought that my ability to convey messages was low (I have no prior English training), I only started building a foundation of the course early in 2021 and got the full product out in June of 2021.
I examined why that happened and what I could do to avoid that in the future in my most recent direction review. And in doing so, I have attempted to put some of this theory into practice in important areas of my life.
What I realized was that to grow in any area of life it's required to go through some steps:
It's impossible to succeed or improve if you just concentrate on thinking about doing something. You must take action. This applies to just about everything in our lives. Design, writing, health, relationships, and many other topics. To begin, you must act.
Time spent thinking or planning is not useful, because it doesn't matter how much time you spend thinking or planning. Until you do something, you won't move closer to your goal.
It's more valuable to do something today, instead of reading 100+ more tweets about how to do it.
You should act quickly whenever you want to become a designer, start a blog, launch a course, or connect with someone you admire.
Without action, you begin to overthink and make excuses for not doing it. You fall into the trap of dreaming, planning, and strategizing but never actually starting.
The hardest part is always getting started. And it's usually more difficult to do it in our heads than with our hands. The more you consider doing something, the more possibilities for failure your mind generates.
Consider the launch of a spaceship. It's extremely difficult to get the rocket off the ground. But once it's done, everything becomes much easier.
Taking action is critical, but it is only one part of the equation.
Going to the gym once a quarter will not get you in shape. Eating one healthy meal per month will not help your diet. Reading a single sentence from a book once a week will not make you smarter.
What follows is the frequency with which the action is taken. Repeating the action regularly will create a habit and almost automate the process.
A habit takes about 21 days to form in the average person, but the period can be shorter or longer depending on the complexity of the habit.
One action will not make you successful either. Similarly, one coin will not make you wealthy. Compound actions by accumulating them over time.
Successful people are successful because they are consistent. It's just the way the universe works – you have to keep sending the same vibrations into the air to receive something back.
Make it Accurate
Once you've established a habit of taking action regularly, it's time to fine-tune the action and ensure you're heading in the right direction. At this stage, you'll start adjusting your actions to achieve the best results.
For example, if you want to be more fit, you could start by doing a jumping jack right after you get out of bed. When you've gotten into the habit of doing it every day, you can incorporate other exercises, such as push-ups, to improve your accuracy.
When I first started with design (and how I'm doing it now with my writing skills), I started small. Every day, I worked on some designs. Like currently, I'm writing a short story daily. There are only a few sentences.
After I established a consistent habit, I began to consider what I could do to improve my skills. I began by looking at what other people were creating. I began reading what others had written. This aided me in determining the best course of action.
As you take consistent actions, it's critical to keep refining them so you don't make the same mistakes over and over. Every day, improve it by one percent.
With the same spaceship example, it is much easier to change the course when the rocket is ready in space, rather than when it is on the ground.
The more you practice, the faster you will become. As you develop your habit regularly, your actions will become highly automated.
Fine-tuning actions becomes faster as well because you now understand 90% of the process and can concentrate on improving the 10% that makes all the difference.
For example, if you consistently do exercises, design, or write for a year, you will eventually develop speed in your process. I've learned the tools and the process of design, and it now takes me 1 hour to complete work that took me 5 hours to complete 5 years ago.
Nowadays, writing takes a lot of time. I spend days searching for the right words and arranging the sentences in a readable format. However, this will eventually be automated as well. It just takes time and repetition.
The increased speed allows for faster execution of the same action with consistent accuracy. You free up time to focus on actions that have the greatest impact.
Power is built after all previous steps compound.
Consistent and accurate actions with high speed give you the power to become the best in what you are doing.
You gain specific knowledge that can't be taught and can be only learned by experience.
It is necessary to go through some steps to grow in any area of life:
You can't skip.