In 1880′s France, preparations were in order for a World Fair that would celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Two engineers, Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, had a dream. Their vision was for a grand entrance that would showcase French engineering and they wanted it to be unlike anything the world had ever seen. They wanted it to to be magnificent!

The ideas and sketches started flowing. The picture in this article is one of those early sketches and it is easily recognizable. That's right. It is the Eiffel Tower.

Today, we could not imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower but, in those days the Washington Monument was the tallest man-made structure in the world and it was on another continent.  This latticework tower would be taller than anything in Europe and the world. Nothing like it had ever been built and as far as dreams go…this was a big one. Think about it. It was an idea birthed in the imagination which led to a simple drawing.  This inspired others and before long the plans were made and the finances secured. The simple idea of a latticework tower for a World Fair would end in 984 foot tall tower that would become an iconic symbol for a city and nation.

For as long as I can remember, this structure has inspired my imagination. How in the world could man create something so amazing and it all come from an idea. How do you start the Eiffel Tower? Beleive it or not, it is a pretty simple process to begin.

I wrote down a few simple steps that I have used time and time again to accomplish everything from renovating a house to managing a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign.

Here are a few steps that will help you get started:

  1. Know Why - Know why you are doing what you are doing. It will be the fuel when you get tired and it will motivate you to finish.

  2. Dream - Get a picture of what you are trying to accomplish and write it down. We all have goals and ideas we want to accomplish and see fulfilled. Why not start today? Get quiet at some point or take that idea that has been nagging at you and get to work. Visualize yourself with your completed project. Imagine what it feels like to be finished and see your work.

  3. Start Small – Start with something small. You don’t have to build the Eiffel Tower on the first try. It could be something like a project around the house or apartment.

  4. Write Down The Steps – What are the steps that you need to do in order to accomplish your vision. Start with the basics and keep it simple in your wording as well as your steps. 

  5. Check It Off - As you complete each step in the process, check it off. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and will encourage you to continue on to the next step.

  6. Do It! -The reason most goals do not get accomplished is because we simply don’t get started. Some days will be more productive than others, but do something everyday that moves you in the direction of fulfilling your vision. 

  7. Finish - Nothing can replace perseverance. Keep the reason you started firmly planted in your mind and hold the picture of your completed vision in your imagination until you complete it. 
Remember, the Eiffel began as a picture in someones head…what’s in your head. You can accomplish more than you ever imagined. What is stopping you? Go for it! Whether, you start your own company or clean out that closet, accomplishment feels good.
Maurice Koechlin's Early Sketch of Eiffel
Credit: Public Domain