So here’s the thing: if you read those words and kind of got that sick pit of excitement in your stomach and started thinking specifically about something you’ve wanted to do but have been putting off for whatever various reasons? Then I am 100% correct! YOU ARE READY. If on the other hand you were like, “WTF is she talking about?”, then my apologies. As you were. But it’s time for all of us to stop procrastinating in general, don’t you think? No time like the present and there will always be reasons “why not” for you to fall back on. But what I want you to know right now is this: if there is a situation, job, relationship you want to get out of but feel you can’t? YOU CAN and you are fully capable of not only doing so, but thriving elsewhere. If there is a dream, invention, or business that you want to pursue but feel incapable of bringing to fruition? You are MORE THAN CAPABLE, just put one foot in front of the other and off you will go. Stop thinking so much about what you wish you were doing and start doing it. Is that a clear enough instruction for you?So now maybe a small number of you are thinking—“You know what? She’s right! The time is now and I am going to go for it!”—while most of you are thinking, “Yeah, right, Ms. Nike. I’ll just do it and screw over everybody involved, including myself with my lack of planning and forethought”. HA! Love the “Ms. Nike” bit, you guys are very funny. And of course to a degree you are correct…there is planning and forethought that need to happen before you make any kind of major move in your life. So start planning already. My point is that the obstacles you perceive outside of yourself are NOTHING when compared to the obstacles you face inside of yourself. The problem isn’t that you’re too old or too poor or too dumb or too unorganized or too whatever-the-hell-you-think-you-are to achieve your objective. The problem is that you THINK any of these things and let that thought decide the course of your future. The biggest obstacle is, as I have said before, that you are more adept at building a case against yourself than for yourself.
When I was growing up, my Dad had a number of excellent lines that he applied, sometimes indiscriminately, to life situations both great and small. One of his absolute favorites, something he said to all of us over and over was “This is it! This is what you’ve been trained for!” It was his general rallying cry, and he may have been talking about getting ready for church, a big test, or just as likely going on a lark. My Dad preached readiness, no matter what the situation. There was never a moment, big or trivial, that he felt we weren’t “trained for”, fully capable of achieving. In fact, he said it so often that it became a kind of background noise, a given. And as far as subconscious programming went, I think he did a pretty good job, because if I could think of one word that describes all of my siblings, it would have to be capable. Nobody is throwing hands up in despair during tough times. We are all right there being…well, tough. Difficult to dismount. Determined. All in all, not too shabby. That’s another one of Dad’s gems, btw.“The Little Engine That Could” is not an enduring tale because we all love to be annoyed. And that engine is very annoying. It endures because we need to be reminded to believe in ourselves, not give up so easily on what we want. I will now take that premise a step further: not only are you READY, you were BORN to DO whatever it is you are thinking about doing. I’m paraphrasing Joan of Arc here, just so you know…people thought she was crazy, too. Fortunately, whatever YOUR “crazy” dream, plan or idea, we no longer burn people at the stake, so what is stopping you? If Joan was not afraid, why are you? That’s not a hypothetical question, so here’s the answer: Joan was not afraid because she had faith. That’s all you need to take the first step. Faith. In YOURSELF. If you have that, everything else is just icing. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who has accomplished a big dream. Yes, there will be setbacks, yes there will be disappointments but you are READY for this, perhaps most of all. Like Dad always said, “This is what you’ve been trained for”…to endure setbacks and disappointments and keep going anyway. You’ve done it a million times before, why not do it for something that really matters to you, really counts?
Great news! You are finally ready!!! I am so happy for you and know everything is going to work out wonderfully! You are being very brave and I totally applaud that, while at the same time knowing you have all the tools you need to succeed. Go for it, and I will be cheering you on every second of the way! I hope you can hear these words and know they are the truth. You were born to do this, and I am really so very excited for you. You are ready to be happy.