START BEFORE YOU’RE READY!


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As I write this I can almost hear you the very same day you silently proclaimed “I’m gonna Do this…Oh, men I just have to do it! Then a nagging voice drills it over down on your cochlea saying “Oh dear, you just can’t do this now because you don’t have the entire puzzle in place…do you have the top notch publisher ready for this? Do you have the audience to deliver your podcasts to? Do you have any subscribers? Do you have the finances to get this over?” Then all over sudden your dream commences to distill…day by day…it has been 10 years now. Today I’m writing to encourage you to call that dream back to live from the grave!

Recently I rested by Time on an invaluable gem of wisdom by Steven Pressfield entitled “Do The Work and I couldn’t Imagine how true it is to affirm that simplicity is the mother nature of excellence. In this Artwork, Steven Pressfield affirms and I Quote:

“Don’t prepare. Begin.

Remember, our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.

The enemy is Resistance.

The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications, and a million reasons why we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.

Start before you’re ready.”

The enemy is our chattering brain.

You ever get inspired—super clear on a creative vision? And then that little voice in your head takes over the airwaves and tells you all the reasons you’re not ready/it’s not a good idea/blah to the blah blah blah?

Ignore that voice.

Get started.

As Pressfield says, start before you are ready.

Ready, fire, aim.

Once we’ve taken that first shot, we can see how close we are to our target. But if we just sit there *thinking* about shooting, we’ll never know.

Don’t prepare. Begin.

Now!

P.S. Pressfield is the one who turned me on to Patricia Ryan Madson’s brilliant  “Improv Wisdom”. She’s all about letting go over the over-preparation and just showing up as well. Here’s how she puts it: “Just show up. This principle is deceptively simple: Just show up. Where we are makes a difference. Move your body toward your dreams—to where they’re happening—the gym, the office, the yoga class, your kitchen, the improv class, the garage, a cruise ship, the word processor, the construction site, the senior center, the theater. You know where. Be there physically…

It’s surprising how powerful the third maxim is. How often we avoid showing up for the things we need to do in life. Procrastination, laziness, fears—it’s easy to find a reason for not going. The ‘just’ in this maxim reminds us that showing up is already enough. Woody Allen quipped that it is ‘eighty percent of success.’ Prerequisites such as motivation, desire, and warm, fuzzy feelings aren’t necessary. It is a con to imagine you must have these to get going. Improvisers know this. If they had to wait for inspiration or a good idea, few scenes would ever begin. Players step onto the stage because that is where things are happening. They just show up. Then the magic begins.”

P.P.S. Remember this W.H. Murray gem that Pressfield shares: Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance the draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.’ Begin it now.”

It’s the Time to Expand your Comfort Zone and do your Thing.

What’s your Thing This Week? It’s Waiting on You To Do It!

Begin before you're ready

“The only precious stone left to mine within the hearts of humanity is to nurture the ability to see the Truth in a world where we have lost the sight of that in many ways”

–Vincent Wambua

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61 comments on “START BEFORE YOU’RE READY!

  1. I have found out that the more I deliberate on doing, the more I talk myself out of it. 🙂 In the words of Mark Twain, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” We all need to start where we are with what we have! So, off you go then…start NOW!

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  2. Hello Vincent! Been a while. I like your post. In my arena? I often tell all, “STOP TRYING START TRUSTING! Know what? Once I quit all my ‘tryings’ at all good things?
    Like magic! Our Father has made my life significant in His sight. Perhaps not in the sight of mankind yet but, what matters now is that mankind is now in the 2nd commandment.
    So? My trust is on my Father not on myself or any other human being. The result? The power of love from on high has descended on me big time. Peace, contentment, joy, success in all my doings? It is all mine minus all the trying of my former days. Do that make sense? 🙂

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  3. Want to hear something funny? As I am checking your likes I am also checking my articles and? Getting myself really encouraged! Surely, those are Father’s words and they touch my heart as I read what He gave me to write. 🙂

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  4. Well? I thought you had done disappeared somewheres in vast Africa but? Here you are adorning my inbox again! Hahaha! HalleluYah! What’s your take in all read and?

    Have you got your ticket to Amman, Jordan yet? I now have a roof that you can pitch your tent and camp out for a spell–no guest room but my roof? A better alternative!

    Besides? The weather is beautiful! Even the rain has stopped for now. Get going! Get your ticket! I’ll be waiting for you at the airport! So good to hear from you again! Later! 🙂

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