Ready or Not
Ready or not, here I come!
Anybody else play hide and seek growing up?
We would count to ten or fifty or even to a hundred, covering our eyes as kids.
Then we’d call out that phrase, “Ready or not, here I come!”
And then we’d go try to find our hidden friends or family members.
I think that’s kinda how life is, too, sometimes.
Sometimes things come at us before we’re ready.
When we’re young, it might be a test we didn’t study for or an idea – like algebra, for example – that our minds find difficult to grasp.
As we get older, these feelings of not being ready can turn into limiting beliefs about what we’re capable of.
I could try to write a book, but my grammar isn’t perfect.
I could try to write a book, but what if no one likes it?
I could try to get that promotion at work, but my boss doesn’t have confidence in me.
I could go into business for myself – I want to be in control of my creative and financial future – but not having a check directly deposited every week feels really risky.
So is there something in your life you want but don’t feel ready for?
Don’t worry. You’re not alone.
That “I’m not ready” feeling comes to everyone who ventures out of their comfort zone for the first time.
It also happens on their fiftieth time.
That’s why the most successful among us cultivates their ability to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Growth is uncomfortable and scary.
But the rewards of staying in that temporary discomfort – and yes, your discomfort will be temporary – are vast.
If you are willing to face that frightened feeling and go through with your plan anyway, you’ll be amazed at what you can learn and accomplish.
Public speakers become entertaining, informative and fascinating to listen to by doing a lot of it.
Gold medalists gain their gold medals by practicing day in and day out, preparing for those championship or Olympic meets.
Successful writers write on a consistent basis despite whatever obstacles come their way, honing their craft.
The reason all these people become successes is because they step out of the safe warm places they’ve been and into the vast and uncertain unknown.
Their willingness to do this opens them up to the unlimited potential all of us have within.
So being as prepared as possible for the big changes that come into your life as you follow your dreams is helpful, but you may never feel completely ready.
Still, preparation can make all the difference. If you know you’ve made inroads into learning what you need to before you take any giant leaps, you’ll have more confidence.
I personally believe that the Universe will show you what you need to do if you are open to noticing the signs.
You’ll see a new option or opportunity you may not have thought of before.
If acting on that option or opportunity feels good, then go for it.
Another way to help yourself feel more ready is to invest in yourself. Check out this great post on the Personal Growth Channel on the power of investing in yourself.
Also check out my mentor Kelli Cooper’s podcast about embracing confusion and uncertainty here.
For more wisdom about readiness, here are a few quotes, some ancient and some recent:
If you are not ready today, you will be even less so tomorrow.~ Ovid
When the student is ready, the master appears. ~ Proverb
If something isn’t happening for you it doesn’t mean it’ll never happen, it means you’re not ready for it. ~ Funny Life Quotes
I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of, “Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,” and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. ~ Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo
It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait till you’re ready. I have this feeling that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. ~ Hugh Laurie
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