It started out as a simple idea, really. Or maybe not so much an idea, as a calling.
God said, “Create something.”
And so we started. Or tried to start.
What we thought was simple became complicated.
Technology to learn. Advice from so many places. Could’s and should’s and must do’s to be successful.
As our to-do list gets longer, we move farther and farther from the simple thing we are trying to do.
What if we tried something different? What if we simply started …. and started simple?
There’s a freedom in starting when you don’t know the “right” way to do things.
We are free to write from the heart without the structure of scannable headings and numbered lists.
We can create from our imaginations in any color or font we like.
We can build relationships with kindred spirits whether there is mutual benefit or not.
Starting simple is surprisingly difficult. We have to be disciplined to stay off the crazy train that compares our beginning to someone else’s end and finds it lacking. We must be comfortable in our simplicity, knowing that time and patience may bring growth not measured in followers, page views or sales.
But starting simple does not mean we don’t have big dreams. So our time of simple can also be a time of intentional learning that sets us up for success.
Learn what works for us and what doesn’t.
There is something funny about all of those could’s and should’s and must do’s. Depending on who you listen to, one person’s “must do” is somebody else’s “don’t”. Whether starting a blog, creating a product or beginning a ministry, there is not a single right way to do it. Through prayer and experimentation, starting simple allows us to try different things to see what works.
It also helps us find the mentors and experts whose advice always seems right on target. In the beginning, cast a wide net and sample several information sources, but quickly narrow it down to a few trusted places that are consistent with your vision and level of experience.
Master one thing before adding on something else.
With so many things to learn, we get caught up in trying to do it all at once. I don’t know about you, but my linear brain has a hard time processing lots of new things at one time. I work better in layers. Do one thing … master it … do it well. Then add another. Somethings will take weeks to master. Others will be only days before you feel comfortable enough to add on another layer.
Develop systems and processes that will grow.
When things are simple, we don’t give much thought about the way we get them done. How we save our files. How we manage information. How we handle email. How we juggle our time and appointments.
But as things grow and naturally get more complicated, these foundational systems need to grow with us. Paying attention to them in the beginning will mean good habits that turn what could be overwhelming annoyances into simple habits.
I have ideas for new things. New products. New courses. New ways to support and encourage God’s girls who are making him famous online. That is the simple thing God has called me to do, so I’ll start these new things one simple step at a time.
If God has given you a big dream, don’t wait until you have it all figured out. Start simple and grow into your dream. There is power in simply starting.