My client recently gave me this quote from one of our sessions and I thought it was priceless:
I spent more time thinking about doing something than the time it would take me to do it.
Can you relate?
It’s funny, one of the first times I had to take strong disciplinary action with someone who worked for me (decades ago) was someone who was working on a presentation for the organization. He had been preparing for two weeks, then four, then six.
He was getting ready to get ready and it caught him by surprise when I told him that I was disappointed with his ability to produce what was expected.
He was surprised because no one had ever told him they were disappointed in him. And yet, don’t we disappoint ourselves when we put things off? We decide that we don’t know enough yet and we explore just one more thing and one more thing.
We think about what we’re going to do.
It shows up on our to-do list.
And we put off doing it one more time.
We’re not ready… that’s the lie we tell ourselves.
“It’s not good enough” translates as “I’m not good enough.” And we put off the inevitable judgment.
Instead, what might you choose?
There’s a saying “F- around and find out,” which usually means that if you overstep, you could get your behind beaten. I’d like to suggest that any positive achievements have come from exactly that: F- around and find out. Explore. Learn. Experience. Grow.
Do the thing and find the unexpected experience.
Don’t hold back because it isn’t perfect. Go in knowing that there’s more. Deliver what you’ve got knowing that there’s more.
You know, when I did my doctoral dissertation, part of the process was to open doors and point to where further research could be expanded. I could do it or other researchers could pick it up and do it. Or… not.
Don’t spend so much time in getting ready.
You have an idea, go explore it. You’ll learn a lot more by doing. And when you bring others with you on the journey, the contributions and the connections magnify.
Ready? Yep, you know you are. Besides, I’m a fan of “begin before you’re ready” anyway.
What’s your next big next?
Stay curious and keep making your magic.
= Wayne =
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