Last Sunday, I attended a music concert by Africa Institute of Music (AIM) at Sheraton. What I enjoyed the most was seeing some youngsters of YO Africa (Youth Orchestra Africa) a group of nine to 14 year olds. They played Siyahamba by D. Moore, Bagyenyi by Natamba R and the Hungarian dance. It w as interesting to see students of such an age bracket work with flutes, violins and other musical instruments calmly. I wondered, “How will they be performing 10 to 20 years from now?” I assume that if they stay on the right track, they will be doing brilliantly. There are countless stories of geniuses who started their craft at a very young age. They had an edge compared to those who got into the game late.
If the early bird catches the worm, then the early practitioner masters the skill faster than the late student or practitioner. What does this mean to you and me? To remember to do whatever we have to do early. Gymnasts are required to start at a young age. Financial experts aise to start saving early. Almost everything you can think of, it’s better to get going as early as possible. How can you implement this idea?
How early can I start?
Think about the earliest that you can start and then get going. If you feel that you are already behind schedule, then the best time to start is now since yesterday is already gone. Whether it is a project or a skill you are meant to learn, just start.
Starting early is not enough. You have to stay consistent in whatever you are pursuing. I have seen people start early only to lose their momentum while those who started late but kept consistent bypassed them. You have to keep at it to finally get to your intended destination.
Keep learning and improving
Starting is like the ignition key but that’s not enough. You need fuel – learning and continuous improvement. Keep learning and stretching yourself to adopt new things and keep yourself on the edge.
But you also have to be aware of what might stand in your way. It could be excuses such as “I am too young” or “am too old” or “I don’t have capital” or any other excuse you can think of. That’s enemy number one. Secondly, there is a potential obstacle of fear. Sometimes it’s the fear of failure “what will happen to me or my name if I fail”. Sometimes it’s the fear of success “what will happen to me if I surpass all my colleagues and friendswon’t they hate me?” The trick is to feel the fear and do it anyway. To hear the excuse in your head and do it any way. Take action no matter what.
Thanks for reading this. Now, go ahead and start that project or idea you have been putting off. Now is the time like no other.
Ethan is the CEO of Success Africa, a motivational speaker, author and HR consultant.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor