“Don’t prepare. Begin.
Remember, our enemy is not lack of preparation;
it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of
the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.
The enemy is Resistance.
The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so
much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis,
transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why we
can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we want to do.
Start before you are ready.”
— Steven Pressfield, Do The Work
If not for these same thoughts being a part of me, I would never have ventured out on my own. What I have found out is that it is virtually impossible–yes, I am saying impossible–to prepare enough to succeed immediately. There are so many variables and unknowns even with all the research one can accumulate. Learning as you go is not only how it really is, but is a better way to go.
It’s just like shooting the moon. If NASA pointed the rocket at the moon and fired it out into space, it would never hit the moon without numerous small corrections along the way. As we begin doing a thing, we will find the corrections we need to make when we need to make them and the course will be enhanced.
I just looked back on one year ago this month when we completely reformulated the way we do our business, and kicked off the new procedures. The basic idea is still the same, but nothing else is one year later. It is dramatically enhanced by many course corrections and modifications along the way. We have been learning as we are going and the going is quite good.
As much as we think we know when we begin, it will never be enough. There will be much learning along the way and that is the way it works best.
It all comes back to the what and the how. What is my job, and how is God’s job or the Universe’s job. It is amazing the amount of creative ideas that come to you when you start with what and allow the how. Be determined about the what and unconcerned and relaxed in the how. That allows the answers and guidance to come.
There are always good, solid, substantial, realistic, wise, prudent reasons to not do a thing. It is a piece of cake to build a solid case for holding off and waiting for more information, more money, a better economy, more free time, etc. It takes a stubborn fool to venture out anyway after hearing all the good advice people will give.
If it weren’t for stubborn fools venturing out and committing themselves to staying out, our world would still be walking and riding horses.
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I Find There Are No Straight Paths, And I Find That To Be A Good Thing And An Interesting Journey.
Spread Some Joy Today–It’s quite possible you’ve been putting something off until you are ready. That may be too late. Start now.