Why is it so hard to Start?


It’s such a simple thing, and doesn’t have to be big steps.

But we’re so full of excuses for why now isn’t the right time, and before we know it, we’ve missed an opportunity, or settled for less, or given up.

But not me.

Last night I attended START NIGHT, the launch of Wall Street Journal best-selling author Jon Acuff’s new book Start (you can pre-order here for the April 22 release). You can find his other books, like Quitter, and his blog here.

For those of you who know me well, you know that I get up very early, so I typically go to bed very early, and this morning I’m wondering if there is enough coffee in the world to make me feel better after being out so late last night!

Yet I just can’t quit thinking about that event and this book.

What an inspiration to hear from Jon how to get on the “Road to Awesome.” How affirming to hear some of the stories of fellow Starters, and what dreams we have and what fears we’re battling. How wonderful to see how excited and supportive Dave Ramsey is of Jon, this book and this movement.

This book resonates with me right now because I’ve realized lately that I have never given myself permission to dream big enough. To imagine what I could do. To make a positive impact.

But safe isn’t ok anymore. Average isn’t going to satisfy me. I’m looking for the “road to awesome.”

I don’t know what that looks like yet. In fact, I still don’t know what my vision is – I’ve landed for now on “impact lives for the good,” but that’s kind of vague.

One thing I do know is that I need to trust in God’s timing. Part of the passage this morning in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young was “Start with where you are at this point in time and space, accepting that this is where I intend you to be.”

Alright. I will start here. I will be open to the possibilities. I will actively seek guidance for that next step. And I will trust that I’m heading in the right direction.

Because to Start means I mustn’t stand still.

Will you Start down the Road to Awesome with me?