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Go And Do What You Were Created To Do
- How many projects you could have already finished if you had started realizing them instead of analyzing everything in details to the nth degree?
- How many of your life goals you could have already achieved if you had taken action instead of obsessing over worst-case scenario?
- What opportunities do you wish you had taken in the past few years?
- What do you wish you had taken more seriously in life?
- Are you happy with your present life and your past decisions?
- Where would you be in your life right now if you had started working towards your goals before you were ready?
I know these are tough questions, but it’s it important you answer them before you decide on what should be your next step in life. Otherwise, you will be using the same strategy that didn’t work in the past. Because if you want to change your current life situation and get to the next level in your life you need to eliminate things blocking your progress. The truth is, you are the creator of your own life. No one else. You design your future with every decision you make every single day even if you don’t realize it. Of course, some of these decisions are more important than others but all of them, to some degree, affect your life. The choices you make today have a lasting effect on your life in the near future. But what you may not realize, the same rule applies to the choices you refuse to take. Nothing will change in your life if you don’t do something different. There is no growth in the comfort zone. Life begins when you venture deep outside your “safe place”. Furthermore, the magic of creativity happens when you make yourself uncomfortable. So stop running away from the discomfort.
Try things that make you feel uncomfortable. Put yourself in challenging (but healthy) situations, breathe through discomfort, balance it out and feel this incredibly powerful adrenaline rush. Overcome this irrational fear of failure and start before you’re ready. Stop analyzing everything you want to achieve to the nth degree because the chances you will succeed decrease with every minute you waste on obsessive thinking on what can go wrong. Your time and energy are limited. But the power of in taking active intentional action is NOT! Furthermore, your potential is limitless. So stop limiting yourself to thinking about what you can and cannot do.
Stop thinking and start doing. Seriously put yourself in motion and start creating real results. Don’t make things much more complex than they ever need to be. Start before you’re ready. Still not convinced? I was prepared for that! That’s why in this post, I am sharing with you 10 powerful reasons why you should start before you’re ready!
10 (Convincing) Reasons Why You Should Start Before You Are Ready
1. Overcome Your Fear Of Failure
Fear of failure is this little monster you’ve created when you were a kid. With the increasing consciousness, you started noticing that sometimes things don’t work out the way you thought they would. Your childhood playmate turned into your worst enemy. You didn’t get the Christmas present you were dreaming of. You were always the last one chosen for a team in gym class. And despite the fact that you worked very hard, you didn’t pass the exam. All these (and many others) small misfortunes made you believe that you are good enough, smart enough, brave enough, strong enough and charismatic enough to go after the life you want.
This fear of failure that you’ve been feeling for years blocks you from taking action and go after your dreams. This fear of not being able to succeed and your obsession over worst-case scenarios keep you stuck in a situation you don’t want to be. And what is more strange about this, is that this fear of failure is just an illusion of your mind. I can bet that on some subconscious level, you know that even the most terrifying fear of failure, it’s just a creature of your imagination. It’s this little monster you’ve been feeding for years. Now it’s time to cut off its food supply.
How can you do that? Well, it’s pretty easy, actually. Take a piece of paper and a pen, think about your biggest goal and start writing what in your opinion can go wrong. Ask yourself what is the worst of the worst of going for it. And then ask yourself what is the worst of the worst of NOT going for it. And finally, What is the worst and the best scenario of taking this opportunity? Write everything down, look at the pro and cons of taking this opportunity and make a decision.
Fear of failing is terrifying until you realize that it’s just an illusion of the mind. What you are really afraid of is a success. Why? Because success means a massive life change. And change is scary.
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2. Embrace Being Imperfect
Perfection exists an abstraction of our minds trying to control the uncontrollable. It’s just an illusion just like a concept of absolute free will created by our subconscious mind making us believe that we have a direct impact of everything in the universe. But the truth is, we cannot control outside factors such as the weather, the future, the past, the global economy, geopolitical situation or the most recent example – the pandemic. Ok, but what this has to do with the idea of perfection, you may ask. Well, in my personal opinion perfection could be attainable if we were omnipotent. But we aren’t and we will never be. In other words, perfection would be possible if we could control everything and everyone, when in fact we can ONLY control ourselves. Not to mention that we no matter how prepared we are, there’s no way we can predict with 100% what outcome are actions will produce. There are just too many variables to take into consideration…
So no matter how alluring and intriguing the idea of reaching perfection is, it’s still not attainable. That’s why we should focus on the process instead of striving for something that doesn’t even exist in the real world. Of course, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t work hard. Bet, you should. Furthermore, you should always give your best shot but at the same time, you should avoid setting standards that are unrealistic or unattainable. Remember that, the more action you take the more results you create. Whilst, overthinking and overanalyzing everything in details to the nth degree creates confusion and leads to procrastination. Not to mention that it last sot you lost opportunity. Keep that in mind. Better done than perfect!
3. Discover That Everything Is Manageable
Most people think that they need to have everything figured out to the last detail to be able to take action. So they focus all of their energy on planning, preparing and visualizing every possible scenario of their project instead of taking action. What they don’t realize is that some things in life are hard or even impossible to predict no matter how much time and energy is being put in the planning process.
Getting ready and have everything planned out to the nth degree is comfortable but not realistic. First of all, you never know what would be an outcome of your actions because there are many different outside factors you cannot control such as a political-economic system or a global pandemic we’re experiencing right now. Second, you never know what unexpected opportunities are waiting for you around the bend. (they present themselves only if you keep going). And finally, it is always possible to change direction in your life so what wouldn’t you want to exploit this opportunity?
Everything in life is manageable. You can always figure out the things as you go but only if you have a flexible mindset. The worst you can do is to sit back and wait for things to happen. Not only it will make you a passive observer of your own life but above all, it will destroy your chances for a victory. That’s why if you want to achieve something you need to become an active participant of your own life and take action towards your goals. There is no magical way your dreams come true. You must challenge yourself in order to lead a fulfilling life.
4. Let Yourself Evolve
Perfection does not exist. There is only a continuous process of self-improvement. People tend to confuse the idea of being enough and being complete. The former means that everything you need in life you have within you just need to find the way to reach your full potential. While the latter means a finished process. So maybe the way we perceive ourselves and our achievements is a bit confusing? What I have in mind is that you are enough. You are worthy, valid and capable to go after the life you want regardless of what you inner critic whispers to you. But at the same time, if you are a growth-oriented person it means that you are incomplete (in a good way).
Having a growth-oriented mindset means that a person is constantly evolving and improving yourself. And what’s better than working toward a goal of becoming the best version of yourself? I mean, isn’t that the ultimate purpose of human life? So stop being worried about not being perfect. Instead, focus on self-improvement. Use challenges, obstacles and failures as a learning experience. Let yourself evolve.
5. Make Peace with Your Inner Critic
- I will never achieve anything worthwhile.
- I am not smart enough to accomplish your life goals.
- I might as well give up in defeat.
- I’m not going to get any better at this.
Are you telling yourself these things? What is the tone of your internal dialogue? Are you kind to yourself? Or maybe you’re constantly putting yourself down? And what about those moments when nothing goes according to plan? Is listening to your inner voice a pleasant experience or rather a torture? Too many questions? I’m exaggerating, of course, but you get my point.
Negative self-talk is something we are all guilty of to some extent. And as far as there’s nothing to worry about if we don’t believe in these negative messages, the problem appears when we constantly fuel our negative inner dialogue. Most people don’t realize how toxic negative self-talk really is. They don’t pay attention. They think that what they hear in their heads is true. That’s completely insane! I used to think that thought equal facts until I discovered mindfulness techniques.
The moment I started to practice self-awareness changed my whole life. I stopped fueling my self-limiting beliefs and talking cr*p about myself (to myself) Then, I managed to make peace with my inner critic. I am not saying that these negative messages don’t appear in my mind anymore. Of course, I still have my self-limiting beliefs but I stopped feeding them. Now when I am working on a project and there’s a challenge difficult to overcome I take a quick break to avoid feeling overwhelmed. And let me tell you something, it always works. The same thing with starting a new project. I plan, organize and schedule my work and then I put myself in motion before my mind creates all these negative messages and self-limiting beliefs. I highly recommend you doing the same. Planning and preparing is a good thing but the ONLY action creates results! Keep that in mind.
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6. Build Momentum
Momentum is an incredible thing. It is this magic moment when you obtain absolute focus, increase your sense of clarity and maximize your productivity for better results. Momentum enables you to reach your full potential, take intentional action and achieve your life goals. It is exactly what you need to go after the life you want. By building momentum you get a unique tool, which has no competitors among other things, ways to achieve your goals. It is your innate ability to create the reality in which you want to live.
Over the years through working on different projects I learned that one of the best and easiest ways to build momentum is to start before you’re ready. So, if you want to achieve this heavy sense of concentration, make your motivation flow effortlessly and 10x your results you need to stop thinking and start doing. Seriously, stop making everything much more complex than it ever needs to be and start producing real results. Put yourself in motion and become insanely motivation by your actions.
Stop negotiating with yourself, instead, eliminate all external and internal distractions, put the right kind of music (I usually listen to mindfulness music for deep focus and concentration with binaural beats) and start working towards achieving your goals. Enter into that hypnotic state where creativity flows effortlessly and achieve what you thought was impossible.
7. Stimulate Your Creativity
Starting before you’re ready it’s one of the best (and proven) methods to boost your creativity. Why? Well, because putting yourself in a challenging situation gives you an adrenaline rush, adds excitement to your life and creates motivation to succeed. Isn’t that exactly what you search for in life? We all know that staying in a comfort zone feels safe, warm and secure but it also incredibly BORING! There is no growth, self-improvement, inspiration or motivation to challenge yourself is you just keep doing the same things all over again. If you want to reach your full creative potential and start creating spectacular results you need to throw yourself into the deep end of the pool.
The real magic happens when you venture deep outside your comfort zone. Put yourself in challenging (but healthy) situations, breathe through discomfort just like you’re doing this during an ice-cold shower, balance it out, feel this incredibly powerful adrenaline rush and start producing real results. Start a new project before you’re ready. Challenge yourself and be proud of your achievements. And if you fail somewhere along the way, use this “failure” as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person. Stop running away from the discomfort instead, push through discomfort, own that discomfort, embrace it and then… succeed.
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8. Risk-Taking Leads To Success
I’m sure you know this saying: Who doesn’t take a risk, never gets to drink champagne. Or another version of this famous proverb: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. The meaning is quite obvious in both of them. You achieve something spectacular only if you have the courage to venture deep outside your comfort zone. Of course, I am not saying that you should put yourself in dangerous and risky situations because that wouldn’t be smart, to say the least. What I mean is, taking the risk in life and putting yourself in challenging (but healthy) situations creates an incredible opportunity to grow personally and professionally. Nothing will change in your life for the better if you just sit comfortably at your home and wait for things to happen to you. So go outside your comfort zone, challenge yourself, start achieving your goals and go after the life you want. And don’t forget to have a glass of champagne every once in a while!
9. Action Creates Motivation
Most people think that they need to find motivation and gain inspiration before they even start working on their goals. That’s a huge mistake. Because motivation is not something you find or something that magically happens to you while you just sit and do nothing. Motivation is something you create through your actions. Furthermore, the more you do the more self-motivated you become. It happens because the moment you notice your accomplishments your appetite for success grow and you become unstoppable but only if you keep working towards your goals. Because you need to know that motivation is not constant.
Motivation is a feeling and like any other feeling, it is a natural response to a situation. In other words, it has to be triggered by a specific action or event. So if you want to become insanely self-motivated and highly productive you need to take intentional action. You need to put yourself in motion and start creating real results. There is no magical way your dream will come true only because you think intensively about it. You need to act before you get a dopamine spike that is one of the most powerful motivational triggers. You need to start before you’re ready and announce your project before it’s done!
10. Confidence Is Built On Achievement
And last but definitely not least reason why you should start before you’re ready is that you build confidence and self-esteem on your achievements.
Scrolling through social media profiles of top influencers can give you the wrong idea that some people are born with self-confidence and extremely high self-esteem. Nothing more wrong! No one is born self-confident or with lack of confidence. When we are babies we learn how to behave by watching and copying other people’s behaviour, especially our parents and other family members. They are our first point of reference. And unfortunately, not always the best one. By this, I mean that not everyone has the luck of being born into a loving family. Is this means that people who grew up in a dysfunctional family have no chance to succeed in life? No, not at all. Confidence is built on achievement. That’s why every time you accomplish even a small goal you feel proud of yourself. Whereas if you passively wait for things to happen to you instead of taking intentional action you set yourself up for failure without realizing it.
The number one anecdote to fear is action. So take a deep breath, set proper goals and take your first action towards achieving these goals. Start before you’re ready. Announce before it’s done. And build your self-confidence along the way.
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