Over the past 2 weeks I’ve talked about fundamental things you need to pursue your professional dreams and create the career you want:
1. A clear vision worth fighting for
2. A mindset of courageous confidence
Now I want to talk about #3: a willingness to take action before you’re ready.
It’s so tempting to research research research, prepare prepare prepare, before you feel ready to commit to a path or a goal. But that’s really just a way of trying to protect yourself from risk.
I know because I struggle with this too! I’m conscientious and like to have my ducks in a row. I like to be prepared, not wing it. I like to know what I’m getting into and have every assurance that it will work out.
So if this is you, I 100% know where your high-achieving, people-pleasing, Type A heart is at!
But the problem is that this approach is never going to get you what you want. You’ll be waiting forever while time just goes by and you have nothing to show for it. Meanwhile other people are getting out there, doing the very thing you want to do.
I sat on my ass for TEN YEARS before I finally hired the help I needed to kick into gear and started making things happen. Where would I be now if I hadn’t waited 10 years? Who knows…
I saw a quote on IG the other day (from Hugh Laurie) about how nobody is every ready for anything. I bet any person who has the career or business you want had to do things before they felt “ready”. Hell, there would be no human race if humans waited until they were “ready” to have babies (ain’t nobody ready that.)
Over-preparation is over-protection.
At some point you’ve got to take a risk, walk into the unknown, let things get messy, and trust that you’ll figure it out as you go. Even the best, most thoughtfully structured career change or business programs can’t make up for the fact that you’re going to have to do things without being completely ready.
I’m well aware of how “not ready” I feel about a lot of things I have to do in my business. But then I just do them anyway.
There’s no other way!
What are the stakes if you don’t do things before you’re ready? Ask yourself that.
It’s kind of like going to the dentist. Nobody wants to go to the dentist (sorry, dentists) but we go anyway because the stakes are high if we don’t.
So go send that networking email even if it’s not perfectly written and they might not respond.
Commit to a path.
Do something that scares you.
Throw a website up.
Just know that THIS is the mentality you have to have, and you have to work on it everyday (it’s hard AF, I know!).