How to succeed: don’t start without intention

I recently came across a not-so-recent post in which Cal Newport argues that the best approach to ultimately succeeding is to “try not to get started.” That is, instead of following every whim, resist starting until the idea has consumed your thoughts. I would instead say, don’t start without intention. Don’t start without being clear about exactly what you want to accomplish. Perhaps it’s launching a successful product, perhaps it’s laying the seeds and then passing it on to someone else, or perhaps it’s merely practice in an area where you need it. Real power comes from intention and commitment, and while resisting starting can ensure their presence in any activity you pursue, it’s not the only way. If your intention is clear and you’re committed to making it happen, there’s no reason to delay. The rest will follow.

[via Quora and Lifehacker]

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