The other day I was listening to The Angie Lee Show Podcast (which I highly recommend), and something she said strongly resonated with me.
It was that everyone that we look up to, and is successful, had a day one.
Meaning, those individuals all started the same.
They had that first day of launching their business or posting that first embarrassing YouTube video.
Though living in such a digital, always-on world, with social media especially, we tend to focus on individuals’ top moments and highlight reels.
We see Sarah with that insane body, Nikki running that successful fashion line, or Amy selling out arenas.
Yet we are forgetting, myself included, that their success and who they are today didn’t happen overnight.
Each of those individuals all started in the same place as us.
They don’t have some special secret or more hours in the day than us.
Instead, we are just seeing them ten steps ahead of where we are in our journey.
This mindset is something that made me take a step back and have a holy shit moment; you’re right Angie.
Society is so strung up on just wanting that final result.
That six-pack, the six-figure business, being a successful author, or a renowned chef.
We want it so bad, but instead, we look for a short cut and want to be where that person is, but we’re not willing to put in those incredibly long hours or risk failing or look stupid.
Fitness is such a great example. Scrolling through Instagram makes it so easy to see all these women with such amazing bodies and want to look the way they do.
However, what we don’t always consider is that they have put in a significant amount of time.
It took, if not years, to learn about their body and developed a fitness routine that works for them.
As much we would all love to gain a six-pack overnight, that is unfortunately not how it works.
This mindset is the same for all goals and dreams that you have in your life.
It is going to take time, dedication, commitment, and ultimately the ability to start – to have that day one.
That person, or a successful company you admire and want to become, research how they started and how much they have grown and what they have gone through to get to where they are now.
Tash Sultana, one of my favourite artists, started her career busking on the streets in Melbourne.
Fast forward to today, where she is selling out stadiums and performing at music festivals around the world.
We see this legendary artist when we look at her but forget that she came a long way and had a day one.
A reason that many people can’t even start is perfectionism.
This episode was what helped me gain confidence in finally publishing my blog and sharing it with the world.
To not be so situated on it being this perfect, fantastic, beautiful blog, but just going for it – hitting publish!
Of course, comparing myself to a successful blog, I need to remember that it has been around for years.
She has built her audience, and she has had some shitty and embarrassing blogs.
But she had a day one.
She also had that day when she hit publish.
I’m just seeing her five steps ahead of me and forgetting that.
We have all got to start somewhere, and it involves stepping outside our comfort zone.
Who doesn’t want to be successful overnight?
Of course, that is what we all dream.
However, if we are not willing to show up on the first day, we are not being realistic about what is possible.
I don’t think that anyone is ever ready for that first day.
We’re all nervous, panic sweating, thinking about what could wrong, and scared people will laugh at you.
However, it is essential to learn to push through those moments and think about how much you will grow.
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