Have You Started… Yet?


We are almost through the first week of the new year and already I feel like I haven’t done enough! There are people to respond to, projects to push through, conversations and meeting to be had, and dreams that are awaiting the transformation into reality.

Many of these things may or may not have fallen into your New Year’s Resolution bucket and the question isn’t whether you have one or not but whether you’re actually working on them.

I have discovered that action and motion are the key ingredients to success in business and perhaps even in life. Call it survival instincts (prey runs to avoid becoming dinner) or whatever else you’d like but you have to begin moving in the direction of your goals, hopes, and dreams. In fact, you may not even know what some of them are concretely but you’ll make better decisions while in motion instead of doing absolutely nothing.

I want to encourage you, even in this first week of the new year, to continue to build that momentum forward, whether it’s your career or your job or even your blog. Don’t stop, don’t quit (as I’m sure you’ve already been tempted)! The real dreams must last beyond the first week of the new year, right?

Press on friends! Let’s do this!

  • http://myfinishcarpentry.com Ken

    The details of converting my Blogger blog to a self-hosted WordPress blog running on Standard Theme has consumed my blogging time lately.

    But this morning I took some action, just like you suggested, and wrote this fun little post


    Thanks for the inspiration, John!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      great job ken!

  • http://jesusgeek.info John (Struggling for Purpose)

    Yes, I’ve taken action: http://jesusgeek.info/2012/01/struggling-for-purpose/

    Re-brand started. 1st blog post of the year is up!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      congrats on the move forward!

  • http://www.ontargetcoach.com Brent Pittman

    Twenty-Twelve is going to be epic! I just submitted my first guest post. I’m going to submit one per week in hopes of getting 5 accepted per quarter.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      where is the post?

  • http://www.jesseorndorff.com Jesse Orndorff

    Yup! Started a new blog about freelancing, just finished a few posts, and re-worked the standard theme.


    • http://john.do John Saddington

      oh wow. sweet!

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Great stuff! I have somewhat struggled getting out of the gate this year. I’m unsure if it’s due to the unusual weather or because I have.

    I know I’ve made progress. My inbox is down THOUSANDS of emails, I’ve increased the amount of exercising I’m doing, and getting awesome ideas ready for the blog.

    I’m looking forward to where this year will take us.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thousands…..?!? holy … poop!

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        Whoa, I missed this reply. But yeah, it was in the thousands on my main account. I’ve now gotten that down to zero. Now I need to work on the other email addresses…

        • http://john.do John Saddington


  • http://ericdye.it Eric Dye

    I couldn’t agree more, John.

    This is probably the number one thing I’ve learned from you in the past year — “Start NOW!”

    Don’t get stuck in all the details and don’t wait until everything is perfectly in place. Start “doing” and everything will iron itself out.

    That’s the path of success, I suppose: http://john.do/success-looks-like/

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      it is what it is….!

  • Jonathan Woodward

    Actually, I’m FINISHING my goal of publishing my first book! Hooray!!

    I’m ready to submit my manuscript to the publisher now. I can’t believe it’s actually finished. Stick to the goal, and your dream!

    Also, I will be STARTING a new web design for my blog. And…. I think I’m going to use standard theme. I want to make a nice landing page for my book, and I think Standard might be that theme… I just don’t know how to work it..

    Think I can navigate the theme well enough as a WP amateur?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      whoa! i haven’t done that yet… not this year most likely!

  • http://www.itechcode.com Amit Shaw

    Thanks for this post. I am newbie in blogging arena. So hope i get too much help from all the member of this site as well as from this blogs. Thanks a lot.

  • http://blog.bradkindercoaching.com Brad Kinder

    I COMPLETELY agree. I just wrote a post about I don’t like “resolutions”, I “set goals”. That alone makes a difference for me.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      how’s it going? week 2!

  • http://www.liveitforward.com kent julian

    Great post. Thanks!

    Can’t type more, I’m busy moving…

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ……. don’t die!

  • Jeff

    I have to say that I love your style John. I read your blog and subscribe (and it’s awesome), but what I really love is your normalcy. I am finally going to start a blog which I have wanted to do forever, but for whatever reason “never had time for” is going to start next week. Thanks for the encouragement and positive attitude in making us feel we have something to offer. Well all need that periodically. Keep up your great posts (the Steve Jobs one which was really great) and inspiring all of us newbies just getting our feet wet to just get started. Starting is the most important step. Cheers to you!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      take it one day at a time… that’s how I see it….!

  • http://tomjamieson.com Tom Jamieson

    Hey John — spot on as always. I started school this week on my second Bachelor’s degree — IT/Web design. Pray for me!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      WHOA! where?