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The Power of Starting: My Journey with a Visual Chart

How a simple chart became a lesson in self-talk and taking action

I recently created a visual chart for my room. I had purchased these striking black and purple chart papers at different intervals, almost a month ago. For reasons I can't quite pinpoint, I kept delaying the act of putting them up on my wall. It became a nagging task, constantly being pushed to "another day" in my Notion planner. I somewhat convinced myself that I might never get around to it.

Honestly, I knew it wasn't a monumental task. I had prioritized other things over it and wasn't overly concerned, but there was a tinge of disappointment in my procrastination.

The universe has a funny way of intervening. The very next day, I was gifted a book titled, “What to Say When You Talk to Yourself.” I dove into it immediately.

One quote stood out: “As a man thinketh, so is he.” While I was familiar with this saying, it hadn't resonated deeply with me before. However, two other lines from the book truly struck a chord:

"What if we could find what's stopping us and turn it around?"
"The brain simply believes what you tell it most."

Feeling a surge of inspiration, I realized that motivation alone wouldn't get the job done. I spent hours gathering quotes for the chart from my Instagram saves, personal Apple notes, and my Notion quotes collection. I drafted them in a notebook, trying to visualize how they'd align with my printed illustrations for an aesthetic appeal.

As more hours slipped by, my irritation grew. I revisited the quote from the book and decided to just get on with it, without fretting about the next task on my list. I scribbled on some sticky notes, discarded a few because I felt my handwriting wasn't perfect, and then had an epiphany.

"Screw it! I'll just stick the damn post-it note." And then, magic happened.

The end result is beautifully messy. While it might seem trivial to some, I'm elated that I finally completed it. I realized that sometimes, all you need is to

let go of perfection, just start, and embrace the beauty of imperfection.

And that, dear readers, is what inspired this very first blog post. So, here we are.


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