What are you waiting for?

The lottery win; the promotion; kids to start school; kids leaving home; the weather to change; after your birthday; after the summer; in the new year?

We all have reasons we want to wait and see, reasons that stop us from doing the thing we always meant to do. Do you have a bucket list? Do you have a list of things you want to do once you retire and have the time? What is stopping you doing it now. I am quite depressed sometimes when I listen to the reasons people use to put off the few things they think will make life enjoyable. It is heart-breaking.

Many of the reasons people just don’t get on and do it is down to a combination of fear and a lack of knowledge. In this day and age, it is very hard not to find the information you want in order to go and do what you want to do. You may have to put some effort and time in, perhaps go on a course or learn from those who have done something similar. That, actually, is the easy part. It is hard not to stumble across experts who have written about the journeys they have taken that may well be similar to the one you want to embark on. Or you could be the first and learn along the way. Once you have the knowledge, you can document it for those who may want to come after.

So the second reason is fear. This one is harder to crack. Everyone has their own inner voice and critic, being worried about the outcome of such an adventure, what will people say, what if you fail, what if?

Perhaps this video may give you something to ponder, I was introduced to it by Bruce Williams.

I have a conversation with fear on a regular basis and I have figured, if you just do it, the voice doesn’t have time to stop you. I am one to plan and have a contingency if things go wrong, but most of things I just do are not life and death. If they were, I think instinct would take over anyway and my adrenaline would carry me through. So because they are not life and death. Just doing it allows me to determine the worst that would happen. My inner critic would be silenced by the judgement of action on my part.

Once you have done it, you have actual data to analyse and not just the list of things that could go wrong. You have actual action to look back on and improve. From doing, you have learned so much about the action you have taken and about yourself and your limits.

If you just do it, next time, you can take a bigger step. You realise how easy it is to step out of your comfort zone and live to tell the tale. Life is about taking risks and finding out about yourself and how much you can do. Each journey starts with a step. Take your first step, go on, just do it!

In the simplest terms, I help people to get ready to profitably scale. What you do with a room full of people is very different to how you do it when they cross cities, continents or oceans.

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