Don’t Wait to Be Ready to Start, or You Might Never Will

Written by on January 2, 2024

Have you been hesitating to take the first step toward your dreams or goals? It seems like most of us are always waiting. Waiting for that ‘right’ moment to dive in and begin. This is a critical mistake. The right time is now.

Remember, it’s more important to value time than to wait for the right timing. Stop waiting for that perfect moment and focus on taking action now.

Here are some thoughts to help you start acting on your plans today:

The Myth of Being Ready

  • We Love to Wait: It’s just what we do. If you keep waiting until you feel ready, you might never start.

“Do you know your first step? That’s all you need. Take that step, and you’ll learn the rest as you go, just like seeing the next step when you’re climbing stairs.”

The Perfect Time Doesn’t Exist

  • Waiting Forever: If you’re waiting for the perfect time, you’ll be waiting forever. There will always be excuses, and the stars will never align perfectly. The best time you have is right now.

The Benefits of Starting Early

  • Early Start Equals Early Success: There are many advantages to starting early, and one of the most important is reaching your goals sooner. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll get there.

Overcoming Natural Hesitancy

  • We Tend to Wait Too Long: Think about it—when was the last time you did something too early? Don’t follow the crowd that waits. Be bold, because those who dare, win.

Valuing Information Over Action

  • You Know Enough: We often want to know everything before the first step, but that’s not how life works. You already know enough to begin.
  • Get into the habit of making decisions quickly and committing to them.

A good decision made now and followed through is better than a perfect decision made too late.

Learning by Doing

  • Action Leads to Knowledge: You learn by doing. If you’re not taking action, you’re not learning anything.

Action Inspires

  • Inspiration Follows Action: Many people think they need to be inspired to act, but it’s actually the other way around. Action creates inspiration, which then leads to more action.

So, what’s really stopping you? It’s usually fear. If you don’t start, you can hold onto hope, because you won’t know for sure whether your plans will fail. But not starting guarantees failure.

Take a deep breath and start today. You’ll never be completely ready or comfortable, so begin now. This moment can be the turning point in your life.