I remember, vividly,the first time I heard it. One of my yoga teachers said it before a long and intense set.
Although I first heard it ten years ago, it stays with me. I use it to move myself forward on big and small challenges,on projects in my life and with my clients.
Start somewhere is one of my favorite motivational phrases.
Design credits Svetlana Sadovnikova.
I strongly believe that with any idea Starting Somewhere is the most important first step.
Starting somewhere small and not dreaming big at first could be a necessary adjustment.
As Julianne Moore says in one of her latest interviews about her career and her achievements:
“When I was starting out, I didn’t think about where I was going, I just thought about what was in front of me,” she says. “So, go to New York and get an agent. Then get an audition. Then get a call back. When you get that second call back, you think, ‘Maybe I can land the job’… It helped to keep my goals small and attainable.’”
One of my clients, Radhika Vaz and I had the same approach to many of the ideas we worked on together, 2 one-woman shows and eventually a book. They all came to realization by starting somewhere small.
Radhika Vaz and Marina Romashko, after “Unladylike” premiere in NYC, 2010. Photo credit Katarina Kojic
I remember the day well when during one of our coaching sessions, I said to Radhika:
“You should write a book.”
“No. Nobody is going to read it and what I will be writing about, nobody cares what I have to say,” Radhika said.
“Just write an average book and maybe your parents and me will read it. Let’s put it on the website that you are writing a book.”
When I work with my clients for a while I start having intuitive visions about what they need to do next, usually there is no logic to it, but most of the time I am right.
People who work with me know about these moments. I know by now to trust my intuition and I usually persuade people into putting tasks into their calendars.
And usually it is a small amount at first, maybe 1-2 hours per week. I also help them to make the idea a priority (or at least a “Top 3 priority” – you can read more about priority setting here).
After some magic and a lot of consistent writing, Rad’s book got written and published. It took almost 2 years to make it happen.
This is how it happened. Somebody who read Rad’s Times of India article went to Rad’s website and saw that she was writing a book. It was a publisher from XYZ and because they liked Rad’s writing, they reached out to her and offered to publish it.
When we started working on the book we never thought it would get published.
We never imagined that Radhika would go on book tour and get a tremendous amount of press and fans.
I never thought I would help someone become celebrity.
We started small: schedule 2 hours of writing weekly and put a tab on the website. We let consistency do the magic of accomplishing the big vision of writing a book.
You can purchase the book here and it will make you laugh as it did to one of her fans.