How to Begin Before You Are Ready
"The key to success is to start before you are ready."
— Marie Forleo
You will not feel ready, ever.
Just get started doing the thing that is on your heart and the next steps will be revealed to you as you move forward in faith.
You'll feel incredible passion and build momentum when you honor your dreams by taking inspired action in pursuit of what has been knocking on the door of your heart.
"You don't have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something"
— Zig Ziglar
Remember your wins
Take some time to reflect on how much you have accomplished in your life so far. Recall the uneasiness and discomfort you felt with each significant transition.
In spite of the fear, you took the risk and it paid off.
Be proud of yourself for the willingness to move forward and feel gratitude for all the ways doing so has made your life beautiful.
Commit to a time based deadline
Decide on a date for completing a milestone that is in alignment with what it is you want to accomplish. Write it on your calendar in past tense. Create a simple timeline of you are here (today's date) and your deadline date.
Decide on your MVP
What is the thing you want to accomplish?
Release your attachment to the big picture, legacy building dreams like "start a business" and instead, break it down into the very bare bones.
A component of starting a business that is more actionable and results oriented (that will make you money) is "launch a website with 10 e-templates for purchase".
This is your minimum viable product.
It's important here to be intentional and specific. You cannot make progress towards something if you are not clear with what it is you're trying to achieve.
Vague daunting visions lack focus and will set you up for overwhelm.
Creating your MVP and then tweaking it later will keep you in a productivity head space since you have clarity about what you are creating and by when it needs to get done.
Other aspects that may have otherwise kept you from your MVP such as creating a logo and branding can wait.
“Launch and learn. Everything is progress.”
— Danielle LaPorte
If there's an opportunity to make an announcement or commitment related to your MVP that is outside of the one you made to yourself, do it. Doing this will make it real.
Your mind will tell you not to do until the thing is done first. Do. it. anyway.
For example: create a waiting list for pre-orders of your e-book before you have started. Scary, I know but this will provide accountability—"Okay, I said I was going to do this, now how do I actually get it done?" Then go do it.
"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible. Then they seem improbable. And then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
You don't have to be ready, you only have to be willing.
Begin with where you are and what you have. You can do it.
You are a high value woman with something of value to contribute.