You're not alone when you put your dreams on hold till "you just get better prepared".
Should I just "Jump Right In"?
It's a question many of us ask at some time in our lives.
Here's the no. 1 reason that I hear most often from people who say they want to get more clients… make more money… meet a loving partner…or just start enjoying their life more.
It usually starts with "I just need to get better prepared."
To do this "I need to…"
· Do a bit more research …
· Take another course on…
· Wait until my job becomes less demanding…
· Lose some weight…
There always seems to be just 'one more thing' that needs to happen before you can get started. It's so easy to believe this, and yet it's so destructive to your real ambitions.
Because the worst thing about using the "I just need to…" excuse is that you'll be able to use it forever if you want to. It's an infinite loop of procrastinating… and doing nothing. It's about your dream just being another fantasy or nice idea.
· There will always be more research to do.
· There will always be another book to read.
The best way to move out of the fantasy into reality, is to get into action. Take one tiny step.
Don't let perfectionism, procrastination and fear of not being good enough, hold you back.
You can always adjust and tweak your strategy as you go.
Look at companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and others. They're always releasing updates for their products. Always!
If they waited until things were "perfect" before launching, they'd never release anything ever again. Their businesses would die as their "less perfectionist" competitors got going and launched their "good enough" products.
It's tempting and maybe even calming to think you need to wait until you know "everything" before actually doing what you really want to do.
But approaching life with that attitude means you'll only get bogged down in the planning stage. You'll never reach the point where you actually share your gifts and services with the world.
You don't need to know it all.
You just need to know enough to start.
In fact, you'll learn the most by taking action. The act of "doing" and practicing will teach you more than "planning and thinking" about it ever will.
Now, I'm not saying that you should never plan. A well thought out plan is essential.
Simply, don't let your fear of trying out your plan stop you from implementing it. There are always unknowns along the way.
Those unknowns might seem scary, but remember that no one — not even me — ever knows absolutely 100% about everything they try to do in life.
You begin growing at the edge of your comfort zone.
A good plan will point you in the right direction. But that same good plan is meaningless if you don't actually take the first steps and 'just do it'.
So, next time you find yourself saying the words "I just need to get better prepared." stop, take a deep breath, and take action instead.
Bev Joy Ehrlich
Generous Networkers, Founder and Host