Get Ready to Get Ready
by Michael S. Tyrrell
May 18, 2021
Hey there Wholetonians!
Today I want to talk about something that many of us do. I call it “Getting Ready to Get Ready.” That’s when we find ourselves in the perpetual mode of preparing.
When you’re in preparation mode, you are moving, staying busy but not getting much accomplished. It’s like being on a hamster wheel–going, going, being active but not actually getting anywhere.
I’ve heard it said that the people who take action do better, get farther and make more progress than the ones who spend a lot of time getting ready or preparing.
Preparation is good, don’t get me wrong. Of course you want to prepare, but at some point you need to stop getting ready and take the necessary action.
Many times when we get stalled in preparation mode, it is just a symptom of something bigger: fear of failure, insecurity, or perfectionism. Perfectionism is one area that I’ve personally wrestled with–a need to have everything go and look “just right.” But the truth is that life is imperfect, and rarely, if ever, does everything go “just right” or as planned. Learn to roll with the punches!
Completing your goals and tasks usually consists of 3 simple steps.
Make a Decision
The first step starts in our mind when we make a decision to do or accomplish something.
If you’re tired of running in place, make the decision that you are putting an end to putting it off. Whether it’s taking an important step in your business, learning a new skill, losing weight–whatever it is–the first step starts in your mind with a decision.
Set Aside A Specific Amount of Time for Preparation
Like I said earlier, preparation is necessary, it’s just not good to stay there. Let’s say you want to learn how to speak a new language, play a new instrument or learn how to repair your own car. Go ahead and take that course, or read the book that will give you the insight and steps on the How-To’s.
Notice I said, “take that course,” not COURSES. “Read that book,” not BOOKS. You don’t need to take in a ton of information at once. Take one step at a time and move forward with what you’ve learned.
If you want to lose weight and start an exercise program, it’s a good idea–especially if you have some pre-existing conditions, to check with your doctor before starting.
Those are just a couple of examples of preparation. Once you do those, then it’s time to stop preparing. You’ve got enough information and it’s time to move to the third step…
Take Imperfect Action
Just do it! Take imperfect action. Your plan and action don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to be started. Take action, start small, make tweaks and adjustments as you go, but keep going!
If you are one that seems to stall out in prep mode, I hope these tips help you break the cycle of constantly getting ready to get ready.
Have a great week and God bless you!
Michael S. Tyrrell
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