Do you really need to start with a Grand Gesture?

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“You just have to keep on doing what you do. It’s the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting.”~ Meryl Streep

Is there something you really want to do? Is there a dream or a goal, a vision you hold for the future?

Maybe you want to be a published writer, maybe you want to be a healer, or an architect, maybe you’d like to be lean and toned, or perhaps your dream is to travel through France, speaking fluent french and soaking up the lifestyle…

Well, my advice is this: don’t wait for things to be perfect, start small, but most importantly just get started!

I see so many people fail to take off because they put too much effort into a grand gesture – letting the world know that they are here, talking things up, making things look good – and not enough effort into actually doing the thing.

If you want to be a healer, just start.  Maybe you need to do a course.  Or maybe you’ve done the course, and now you need to work with people. You don’t need fancy business cards and a room in some swank practice. Just start where you are. In your home. At a friend’s. Let it grow organically.

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Do you really need to spend thousands of dollars on a flash new computer and all the latest software in order to write your best-selling first novel? Perhaps the old computer, a notebook and a pen, and a good back-up system will work fine for now.

2012-05-17 07.34.52No matter what your dream, a grand gesture is not needed. In fact, that grand gesture may steal so much enthusiasm and momentum from you, or so overwhelm and intimidate you that you never really begin.

Almost every great business, every victory or success, started from humble beginnings. Don’t be afraid to start small.  The only thing that matters is that you are brave enough to begin! The Universe inspired YOU for a reason. So why not start? Who knows where this might take you. And when you start small, there’s no pressure. Instead there is possibility, stretching far out in front of you…

I’m standing on the sideline, cheering you on. Bless ♥♥♥


Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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22 thoughts on “Do you really need to start with a Grand Gesture?

  1. Love this post, Nicole – just start, and keep going. As simple and uncomplicated as that. We humans are really good at making complicated and difficult for ourselves and using up energy that would be so much more useful if we just followed your words … just start, and keep going. Thanks for the timely reminder! Hoping you are having a good day, and sending love and hugs your way! ~ Julie xoxox

  2. You’re talking directly to me, aren’t you Nicole? Don’t deny it, I KNOW you are! About writing that book I’ve been hoping & procrastinating to write since… hold on… 1989! So thanks for getting in my face, today, and spelling it out for me: Start by starting… and keep going. I’ve done the “starting” dozens of times. Now comes the “keep going” part of the deal. LOVE YOU xoxo

  3. Thank you Nicole. You are right. I start with my notebook, I start with my clients and collegues to give chi kung lessons
    I’ve inscribed in a dating site to find a new relation and I now correspond with some men.
    Sending you lots of love and hope you will be healthy 😀 Jetske

  4. Excellent post – it certainly acts as a reminder for me, considering i’m trying to raise a large amount of money at the moment (raising over £5k for a charity) and it’s easy to forget that the small fundraisers add up too. I definitely focus on the big targets too much and forget to take it all one step at at time.

  5. Thank you again for a great post ! I have indeed taken this on board of late and are starting to do more massages and healing from home with hope to have my own practice one day.. Hope you are feeling better xox.

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