September 27, 2012

What are you waiting for and how long are you willing to wait?



I'm on a mission. To stop waiting.

To stop waiting until "the stars are aligned," or "my ducks are in a row," or "everything falls into place," or "all the Ts are crossed and the Is dotted," or any of those other clich├ęs that keep us wondering, thinking, planning, cogitating, meditating, studying, researching, questioning, fantasizing, imagining, and worrying, but not doing.

I'm a perfectionist, so this is not easy for me.

I'm the kind of person who takes six months to put out a new program or product because everything has to be just right. I'm the kind of person who avoided shooting videos because I needed the lighting, makeup and location to be perfect. I'm the kind of person who put off doing my own teleseminars or webinars because I had to do all the research first about what was the best platform, the best time of day to schedule them, and the best way to market them.

It's over, people. If you read my blog post last week about learning vs. doing, you know that I'm focused on implementing right now. If you've read my blog or newsletter, or if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I'm indeed shooting videos and launching a teleseminar series (October 4th, y'all!).

I'm tired of waiting until everything is perfect. I'm tired of not moving forward because I'm afraid something will go wrong. I'm tired of waiting for the "stars to align," and in the meantime, not growing, not changing, not improving. What exactly am I waiting for?

Here's a quote I love from Rufus Wainwright from a few years back:

"I'm in the midst of negotiating and writing an opera, and that has always been my life-long ambition. It is really something I thought I would do years down the line, when I was fat and bearded.

But I realized that you really have to start yesterday if you want to get your dreams accomplished. It’s all about action."


And you know what? His opera Prima Donna premiered in 2009 in England. It debuted in the United States in February of this year. Can you imagine if he really had waited until he was fat and bearded (he's not even close)? He would still be fantasizing, dreaming, sketching, collecting swatches and whatnot. He wouldn't have accomplished this great dream. He started "yesterday" and now he can say, "I did it!"

Seth Godin believes we're waiting until the fear subsides. The problem with this strategy?

"By the time the fear subsides, it will be too late. By the time you're not afraid of what you were planning to start/say/do, someone else will have already done it, it will already be said or it will be irrelevant. The reason you're afraid is that there's leverage here, something might happen. Which is exactly the signal you're looking for."

Is he right, or is he right? Do you want to grow, change, improve? Do you want to take on your anxiety about public speaking once and for all? Do you finally want to get it right?

What if you could look into the future, and like Rufus Wainwright, see your accomplishments behind you? The hard work behind you? The fear behind you?

Or are you waiting for something that never comes? The right amount of time. The right amount of money. The right amount of preparation. The right amount of chutzpah... What exactly are you waiting for? And more importantly, how long are you willing to wait?

If you keep waiting, the time will never come. The time is now.

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