It’s the ultimate trap in business and in life – as Ed Nemec, a boss and friend of mine once told me, and it was sage advice, “don’t fall into the trap of getting ready to get ready.” He’s right. It’s nearly impossible to reach any goal, to accomplish what it is you want to accomplish, to make an impact, to see a dream come true if you wait for the perfect moment. If you simply wait to gain all the knowledge you can before you act you’ll be awaiting around your entire life.
Paralysis comes from the seemingly justifiable excuse and thought – “hey I’m not ready yet, I need to study this or learn that”. That’s a recipe for being stuck right where you are and never moving forward. You may never know it all. Learn on the job, go after life in the way you want by living it, not thinking about living it.
Recently I listened to an interview with Marie Forleo, an American life coach, motivational speaker, author and web television host. She’s been featured by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation and she has some words to live by when it comes to getting you up-and-moving in the direction of your dreams:
Everything can be figured out. If there is something you want to create, if there’s something you want to see come to life in this world – don’t worry if you don’t experience, don’t worry if you don’t have the knowledge – you can absolutely figure it out. Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. The idea we can figure anything out if we are determined, if we have the heart, if we are willing to put in the sweat and just play – just take things apart and put them back together – that is a lesson that should be embedded in your psyche and your soul.”
Marie is right. Thinking about it won’t make it happen, only doing it will. The concept of going after it before you know-it-all, is crucial. You may never know-it-all so dive in and figure things out along the way.
Want proof? I can use this blog as an example. It is obviously an important part of who I am and who I am becoming. We are marching toward three years of posts for It’s Just About… Life & The Sunday Series. When I decided to begin I had no idea how to create a blog. I asked a friend, blogger and now author, Rachel Blaufeld, how she started blogging. We had a 10-minute casual conversation and the next day I got to work. That’s the point, I got to work. Now, more than 450 posts later I have shared more information, told more stories and affected more lives than I could ever have imagined. The ripple effect of touching the lives of other people – that feeling of making an impact – is soulfully-rewarding and life-affirming.
So what do you want to do? Don’t wait, start now.
When what you love to do aligns with your purpose life changes and begins to move in the direction of your dreams – it is beautiful and gratifying in ways that constantly surprise you. Although I had a vision when I began, this blog is developing and deepening relationships and opening doors in profound ways I never saw coming. That is the beauty of life and purpose.
And it’s all because I got going. I didn’t wait until I was sure. I didn’t sit around thinking about it. I jumped in. I got moving. I got messy. I learn every day and every week as I go along. I keep reading. I keep listening. I keep sharing. I keep visualizing and I never stop dreaming – because I am doing.
And it’s all because I started before I was ready.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time
Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Podcaster, Speaker, SpeechWriter, Emmy Winner, USHEALTH Advisors
Author: The #1 Amazon Best Seller: It Takes 2. Surviving Breast Cancer: A Spouse’s Story
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