You have your goal set and it’s time to start your new business or journey, but as you continue to educate yourself on the process you’re learning so much that you keep delaying your start date. You’re concerned that if you start now, you will inevitably stumble because you weren’t fully prepared, but you know if you wait until you’re fully prepared, it could be months from now. Which is worse?
If you get started now, you will be taking that first step forward and jumping in. Most people never make it to this step because they procrastinate and eventually give up on their vision. The saying is, “there’s no time like the present”, so the expectation is once you’ve decided your next move, you should do it without hesitation. Once you get going, you’re going to start learning what you’re doing great and what you need to improve on, and after these lessons (some being learned the hard way) you will make adjustments and keep on moving all the while getting better and better. Some of us fear failure so much that we don’t move at all, but if you listen to those who have made it to where you would like to be, they would tell you that failure is what helped them get to where they’re at. Failure is a harsh word, and it discourages people because it feels like it’s the end result, so let’s change the word to “adjustment point”. When you step out into the unknown, you’re going to reach a point at which you have to make an adjustment because if you don’t, things will go in a direction you didn’t want them to go. For example, if you’re learning to drive for the first time you’re NOT going to know how to handle every single situation on the road. When a new challenge presents itself that you weren’t fully prepared for, you will be forced to make the proper adjustment to handle it. Same goes with life. You’re not going to know everything. Sometimes you have to press the gas and start moving and make the adjustments in real-time.
If you wait to get started, you will find that there’s always MORE information to be gained. If you’re exercising your due diligence and you’re researching, investing time, energy and brain cells to learn all that you can before you get started, is that such a bad thing? After all, you do need to know something, right? You can’t just take a blind leap, especially when you’re going to be investing big money to launch your new venture. You’ve been online reading articles, you’re buying books, attending seminars, taking classes, asking the experts, and it seems like everywhere you turn there’s another MAJOR lesson that you learned. You get to the point that every time you learn another major lesson, you say to yourself, “if I would’ve started without this information I would’ve wasted so much money and time right from the beginning!”. You realize that you need to keep digging and once you get to the point that you’re “ready”, that’s when you’re going to kick this thing off! So, when will that be? What’s the cutoff point?
Is it best to get started and learn along the way, or start later once you’ve learned all that you can? If you start now, how much risk are you willing to accept knowing you could’ve waited in order to avoid the big mistakes? If you should learn all you can first, then how much information do you need before you feel that it’s time to start?