#33: Take the first step

Let’s take another typical real life business example. A new strategy or business critical initiative has been decided by the management. The business case is calculated. Stakeholder analysis and risk assessments are done. Project mandate is written and accepted. An initial project plan is defined. The critical path marked. Project owner, steering committee and project leader are assigned and committed. The team is staffed. Project kickoff was a success. Everything and everybody seems ready for a flying start. But then: Lots of discussions. Challenges. Problems. Open issues and tons of questions. Full stop. Nothing happens.

Sometimes, one just has to accept not knowing all the details right from the beginning. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said: You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Therefore, rule #33 tells: Take the first step.

Accept that you sometimes have to go for a while before you see the entire path. Accept that you might have to adapt your plans as you will learn every day. Accept that you might have to adjust direction because you get smarter as you go. Accept that you don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.

Or as Zig Ziglars would say it: “You can’t wait for all the lights to turn green before heading to town”.

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