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Stop Waiting ‘Til You’re “Ready”

You have things you’d like to DO in your life.

As it gets closer to the end of the year, this is the time when we naturally start thinking about our present situation, and what kind of a life we would ‘rather’ be living. It’s an exciting time!

If you are naturally already thinking about how you’d like your future to look, then GO for it! Get out a pen and paper or a journal and let your mind loose with the whole idea. It’s BEGGING you for expression. Just start writing, and don’t stop.

Don’t try to correct spelling or use proper sentence structure. This will only stifle your creativity. The key is to just POUR your thoughts out onto paper as fast as you can… if your writing is almost illegible and your hand starts to cramp up, you are doing it right!

Your mind is full of incredible ideas and these ideas came to YOU for a reason. You might find that you start telling someone close to you about your ideas, and they look at you like you have two heads and say “Oh, THAT will never work!”

That’s because it will never work for THEM.

The idea did not come to THEM… it came to YOU… For a reason.

The ONLY reason it came to you is because it was MEANT for you.

I love how Napoleon Hill talks about ideas:

“Most ideas are stillborn and need the breath of life injected into them through definite plans of immediate ACTION. The time to nurse an idea is at the time of its BIRTH. Every minute it lives gives it a better chance of surviving. The fear of criticism is at the bottom of the destruction of most ideas which never reach the planning and action stage.”

You need to be careful who you ‘show’ your idea baby to. Because if it’s a BIG baby… a baby like no one has ever seen before… the other person will not be able to ‘love’ the idea baby the way YOU do. So protect your baby…And get right to work, injecting LIFE into that Idea Baby as soon as possible.

Don’t let your mind talk you out of taking action.

What typically happens is that you will ‘think’ about your idea for a while. Your mind is in survival mode and is wired to protect you, so it automatically brings up all KINDS of ways that your idea will NOT work. One of the most common ones you’ll feel is that you are ‘not READY’.

As any parent knows, you will never ‘feel’ ready to have kids. You can read all the books and blogs, talk to everyone you know who has kids, and STILL not feel ready.

I had one boy, and 17 months later we had boy/girl TWINS. They were 5 weeks premature, and needed extra special care. You cannot be fully ‘ready’ for something like that.

But what happens when you begin to take ACTION is that you figure it out. Your idea is given life, and it will look fragile and frail and helpless at the beginning, and as time goes on, and you continue to encourage it to grow and thrive, it DOES.

Your idea baby turns out to be a lot more resilient than you thought it would be.

Will you make mistakes along the way?

You bet! And that’s part of the fun that we call “LIFE.” Just accept that you will likely NOT know the outcome. Accept that you might face criticism from others.

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. And don’t try to RUSH things.

Just strive to do your best, and take action every day. Don’t ‘neglect’ your baby. Don’t be too attached to the ‘outcome.’ Focus on enjoying the journey. Your idea baby will grow into a marvelous and unique entity… likely more amazing than you even imagined!

What happens when you DON’T take action?

There are all kinds of potential outcomes for your inaction. NONE of them are beneficial to you. You will likely be left with regret… the feeling that you “wish” you had done something with that ‘idea’ that you had…. ‘wondering’ how it might have turned out.

This is happening inside your head because you were MEANT to DO something with that idea and didn’t.

Then, what often happens is that you will see someone ELSE taking action on YOUR idea, and rocking it. You will think “Hey! They stole my idea!” or “I had that idea FIRST!” Well… the idea came to YOU and you didn’t move on it, so it moved on to someone else, and they did something with it. Kudos to them for taking action.

Your mission right now, is to TRUST your Inner Wisdom.

Write out your ideas… your thoughts, and your dreams. They came to YOU for a reason. You are as ready as you’ll ever be.

Pick one idea and Take ACTION.

All you need to do is take the first tiny scary little step. Then one tiny step after the other, you will eventually look back and it will be hard to believe how far you’ve come.

It’s EXCITING that you don’t know HOW to do it. Embrace that fact. Just know that you will figure it out. Doing anything that’s ‘outside your Comfort Zone’ is going to feel uncomfortable. That’s the way it is!

All Successful people have the same fears and self-doubts as Unsuccessful people. The difference is that Successful people feel the fear and take action anyway. They DO the things they know they should be doing whether they FEEL like it or not.

Successful people are persistent and they don’t compare themselves to others. They do think about possible setbacks, and then plan ways to avoid them. They don’t get ‘stuck’ in this phase. And at the same time, they are not afraid to make mistakes. Because they know that mistakes bring ‘feedback’, and from there you can always adjust and improve!

It’s natural to not know HOW exactly to make your idea baby come to life. You will soon discover that there are all kinds of people who have ‘been there’, and there are unlimited resources available to you as you begin to take even the smallest of actions in the direction of your goals.

Trust yourself. And just GO for it!

Stop waiting ’til you’re “ready.” You will never FEEL ready.

And the truth is that if the idea came to YOU… It’s because…

You ARE ready!

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