Sorry for a blog postish op here but I think it's actually helpful advice.
I got my resume in order and sent it to 5 small companies I found in my area on Google maps. I emailed their contact number and got replies from 2 companies already asking to talk with me further.
It was a huge confidence boost that spilled over into other areas and inspired me to work harder at the gym and to start work on a project I've been meaning to get a start on.
Taking very small practical steps towards basic things is at least as useful as the "starting strength + books" advice people give.
Hopefully this isn't a totally useless thread.