I don’t have enough money, he/she is out of my league, it’s a risk that I’m not quite ready for, or this just isn’t the right time. These are just some of the answers we like to go to when answering the question of “why you haven’t done that thing you’ve always wanted to do.”
Well I’ve got news for you, you’re NEVER going to be completely ready to make that decision. You see, many of us find comfort in the idea that everything will be okay if you take time to consider and plan for ALL the options and possibilities, the pros and cons, and what could go wrong. Thereby doing this we think that we have some form of control of the situation so that if things work out, we can attribute it to our careful planning and if things don’t work out, we just didn’t think it through enough.
But the outcome has very little to do with your conscious intent and control. The reason why is due to the fact that, for almost every decision, there is an INFINITE amount of possible outcomes that could happen. There’s just no way to prepare for all of them. You can spend months or even years studying all the books and videos on the “right” style to attract someone, the “most efficient” way to travel the world, or the “best” method to start your own business.
When I backpacked through Europe for a couple months, I thought I had prepared a good amount. What I didn’t plan for was having to sleep at bus stations, wash my clothes in hostel sinks, and run for my life from a wild dog. It was the experience of a lifetime and just like me, you’ll surprise yourself at how you handle these unpredictable situations.
Now I’m not saying that you should just drop everything, quit your job, move to LA, and pursue that acting career. With zero preparation and research, you’re not exactly setting yourself up for success. My point is that trying to plan and be prepared for EVERYTHING can be just as detrimental. Believe in your ability to succeed and take a chance on yourself. Realize that you may never be ready but the best things in life come with an element of risk. What are you waiting for?
There are seven days in a week… and someday isn’t one of them.