Scary thought for most of us, huh?
Aren’t we supposed to be perfectly prepared and have everything in place first?
What if we start too soon and get it wrong? What if it all goes pear-shaped?
Obeying this Golden Rule to be prepared and never start before I’m 100% ready has held me (and I’m guessing many of you) back in so many ways in the past.
And I’m consciously challenging it now. Who wrote that rule anyway?
Last week I took some imperfect action, started before I was totally ready, and guess what?
OMG! Nothing bad happened! In fact just the opposite …
I won some prizes!
I was preparing to enter a 1-min video in an online competition.
Life threw me a few curved balls and as the day of the deadline arrived, I had one 30-minute window to shoot before a client session. But I wasn’t set up to shoot where I’d planned.
My Inner Perfectionist (who’s only 6 years old and always obeys the rules and never wants to get anything wrong) said ‘Oh well, never mind, maybe another time’. (Can’t you just feel her relief?)
Luckily my Older Wiser Self saw that one coming and said ‘OK, but the content is far more important than the backdrop, and it’s only 60 seconds. We can record that at least 10 times in the time available. Let’s just go for it!’
So I met the deadline. And I won some prizes. And the video will be shown on Maggie Ostara’s ‘Quit Being The Best Kept Secret’ virtual intensive live stream tomorrow night. Yay!
Here’s my done-before-I-was-ready 60-sec video if you’d care to see it 🙂
Now it’s your turn
Waiting until you’re ready (and you know you never will be!) is a brilliant way to play small and continue to be a Best Kept Secret.
Where do you see it happening in your life? And what imperfect action will you take or have you taken today, this week? What could you commit to starting now, before you’re ‘ready’? We’d love to know. Please leave a comment below.
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