Good Enough To Start
Good Enough To Start
You have the dream, you know what to do, everyone around say’s “Do it”! Yet here you sit, stuck, not moving forward, living in the pit of perpetual procrastination. Is this you? How long have you been waiting to begin pursuing your goals or dreams? Oh, don’t worry, you are not alone. In fact, most people find themselves trapped in an unending cycle of waiting. Everyone is waiting for that perfect moment to pull the trigger and get started. But that perfect moment never seems to come. Pastor Craig Groeschel say’s people need to understand the word GETMO. Good Enough To Move On.
I myself had fallen into this pit of perpetual procrastination. Let me explain. I love to coach, teach, speak and train. I am able to see the results almost immediately and I find a deep satisfaction in that. For over 20 years my tag line has been “adding value to the world one person at a time.” Yet why have I not fully embraced my talents and trusted myself to go all in? You want the answer? Here it is. I was waiting until everything was perfect. While teaching others the GETMO worked, I myself stayed in the pit. While helping others live their dreams and accomplish awesomeness, I lived vicariously through them.
So what did I do get out? I allowed myself grace in the following areas:
I realized that I would never be ready. I remembered that most of us love to stall. It’s in our DNA. I came to believe that if I waited until I was ready, I would have never made the move until it was too late, and people would be carrying my coffin.
I realized that the perfect time would never happen. There will never be a good time to get started. Life will always provide a viable excuse. The stars will never be in perfect alignment. I decided that GETMO would work.
I realized that the sooner I got started, the sooner I would be successful. The advantages of starting far outweighed the pit of procrastination. The coolest part about finally starting was I came to realize that the sooner I began the journey, the sooner I would reach my destination.
I realized that man’s natural tendency is to wait too long. I bought into the lie that we always wait too long. Seriously ask yourself when is the last time you did something too soon? So, while everyone else was waiting I chose to be the person that doesn’t wait. Audentis Fortuna iuvat became my mantra. (It’s Latin, look it up)
I realized that most successful people make decisions quickly and stick with them. Most unsuccessful people have the hardest time making up their minds. They become eternally conflicted and fearful that they will make the wrong choice. I learned to give myself a time limit to make a decision and then stick to it.
● A decent decision, made quickly, that you stick with, is better than a great decision, a year from now, that you can’t maintain.
I realized that the sooner I took action, the more I would learn. I found that action leads to results and results, well lead to everything. You learn something each time you get a result. While I was sitting around not making up my mind I was not producing any results.
I realized that action led to inspiration. Since deciding to exit the pit of procrastination, I have been inspired to do more. I write more, I read more, I learn more. For years I thought if I felt inspired, I would take action when in fact the exact opposite was true. Inspiration came when action was made. Want a little secret? Inspiration leads to more action.
So know you know how I did it, what are you waiting for?
I would also be remiss if I didn’t give credit to those that helped me see the light. One is Craig Groeschel, for giving the awesome presentation at the Global Leadership Summit a few years back. GETMO made a difference. BTW, that is a goal of mine, to speak at the GLS. Next would be Jane Lehman for convincing me to get back to writing. Naftali Tessler for being vulnerable and showing me it was ok.
So, take a deep breath, make this items yours and get started today. You will never be 100% ready nor will the time ever be perfect, so as Nike say’s, Just do it!
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