There’s an old joke about a young English couple, touring around Ireland, who stop one of the locals and ask, “I say, old chap, can you tell us the way to the nearest pub?”

Paddy replies, “Well, if I was you I wouldn’t be starting from here.”

Sometimes in business when beginning a fresh project, when starting out on a new venture, when embarking on a new journey, it’s important to recognise whether you’re starting from the right place… or at least the place you think you’re starting from!

That’s not to say you have to have everything perfect before launching. But it does mean that you need to have your “ducks in a row.” Travelling into space doesn’t just begin at the launchpad… there’s a lot to do to get to that stage.

In fact, that is the first part of the new project. To sit and decide where the start line is, and then make it a mission to get to that stage.

So, what big new projects do you have in mind, where you need to identify and get to a specific start line?

Make that the first step.