Have you ever caught yourself saying these things?
“If only I had a better wash rack, then…”
“When I finally get better at clipping, then…”
“We don’t have what [insert neighbor’s name] has, so I can’t…”
Yep, I’ve been there, too (on all counts, unfortunately). But here’s the deal. When we’re faced with challenges, it’s easy to to fall into the “if/then” trap, but it doesn’t get you any closer to your goals.
Even the most expert and elite professionals started somewhere. And therein lies the key: START. Just start. Start where you are. Don’t wait until you feel ready. Don’t wait until you have all the equipment on your wish list. Don’t wait until you can go every last show. Don’t wait until your barn is perfect. Just start.
Successful people – in livestock, sports, business and life – know that what separates the great from the good is the willingness to get started, wherever you are, and then keep working, even when you don’t feel ready or when progress seems slow.
So stop making excuses. Walk your pigs. Rinse your calf. Practice showmanship. Clean the pens by hand. Learn as you go. Celebrate the wins and learn from every win and loss. And keep working.
Take action. Before you know it, you’ll be on the road to success. But before you can get on the road, you have to get started. What will you start today?