True confession: I feared taking action. I wanted XYZ to happen but feared the possibility of failure. I read, listened to podcasts, and YouTube videos. Don’t get me wrong, they provided inspiration to move me from Point A to Point B but there comes a decision Point where you are completely saturated with knowledge. All that knowledge WITHOUT ACTION is useless.
How Close is the Boat?
If you’re like me then you are hesitant about taking the next step. I believe the biggest hesitation revolves around what you don’t know you don’t know. I want to make sure that the boat is close enough to the dock that when I jump I’ll hit the boat and not the water. However, a huge drawback to that is that I am waiting for the perfect time. In all reality, I doubt there will ever be a perfect time.
My next move will more than likely take me away from a 20-year career. I at least want to make sure that when 20 years roll by, I have options to move on to when I decide to make that move. What I don’t want to happen is to become so paralyzed and miss opportunities because I wasn’t prepared to move. Opportunities come and go but may never show up more than once.
Paralysis by Analysis
With that said, how much preparation does it take to move? I think at any point in the journey, you just need to say “screw it” and take action. You have to know that there will be unforseen obstacles along the way. But that is the reality, right? Is there any way to prepare for anything? You have to expect stumbles along the way, know that some obstacles will know you flat on your back. But if you’re determined to turn this endeavor into a success, there will be nothing to stop you.
Have some confidence in yourself that whatever comes through that door, you will confront and defeat it.
“Burn The Boats”
Some will say that making sure that the boat is close to the dock means that I’m leaving room for an escape plan. According to Tony Robbins, “If you want to take the island, burn the boats.” In essence, don’t leave an option to back out. And there are so many examples of people doing just that. Check out Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 326 with Sagi Shrieber. Sagi gave himself two months to leave his comfortable job to explore his dream…ended up not taking in income for six months. Despite the inevitable hardships and setbacks, he remained focused and determined to see his dreams become reality…”Commit First and Carry Out” Principle. But are you willing to assume that risk?
If your boats are gone, evoking the point of no return, you have no choice but to confront and defeat the fear.
or is it False Evidence Appearing Real?
Looking for Feedback
This is where I’m reaching out to you. This is my call to action. What are you doing to help ensure your success on a new endeavor? How do you move through to the next chapter when knowing that you may not have all the answers? I anticipate your responses.
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