It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
We, as logical humans, can get so caught up in preparation.
We want to be ready and fully prepared in order to avoid mistakes and failures, so we spend a lot of time getting ready… but do you know how much time you waste getting ready to be ready? You get readier than you need to be, avoid mistakes that don’t need to be avoided, and soon you’re the chief of overprepared! While this might make you think yourself into feeling better, it might be stunting your progress and growth.
Don’t get me wrong, preparedness is a great thing. God knows in my life, I’ve been WELL overprepared! In this world of information with lists of how-tos, to-dos, and to-avoids, there is always something more to learn… which is a recipe for insanity if we get sucked in. Answers to practically any question ever asked is a simple internet search away, making the amount of education available incredibly overwhelming. If we aren’t careful, we will feel lost in our lack of information which does nothing but distract from the good we could be doing in these moments.
There is always more information that could be gained, yes, but that in no way means you need all of that information to thrive. You can’t plan the outcome of everything. Life will unfold the way life is meant to unfold. You can’t prepare for the unexpected. So maybe you shouldn’t let yourself get trapped in a cycle of gaining more and more information. Detach from the outcome and just simply live your life and do your best.
Because here, in this cycle, you can’t move forward.
Try trusting yourself instead, actually listen to what your heart is telling you… and dare to take action.
So while being prepared is good, and planning out action can be smart, you have to be careful not to let your desire to be prepared steal from the importance of staying true to yourself and taking genuine action. Overpreparing can cloud your ability to act in a way that’s in alignment with your inner peace since it puts so much emphasis on what you think is correct rather than what you feel is right and good.
If you’re unable to connect with yourself inwardly, you’ll be unable to take action that’s aligned with your needs and desires. And if this is the case, you’re preparation means nothing. A focus on preparation puts the needs and desires of your heart on the back burner.
This is why I say: you have learned enough. It’s time to take your action and create the life you desire.
I know that might sound scary. When I first started my business, my type A personality was more like AAA+++. Everything had to be perfect and planned before any forward progress was made. My perfectionist was certainly running my life. I was convinced of it. Looking back, I realize that this yearning for preparation was closely tied to overthinking and a need for perfection, which was directly linked to a total waste of time.
It actually went back to my childhood. When I was a child, things were crazy. Second oldest of twelve children, I became a “mom” to my siblings at a very young age and the way I coped with it, was getting everything together and this is where my perfectionist developed and today its not serving me so well. It’s actually become a limitation to living my desired life.
There will always be things to learn. Proceed anyway. You can’t possibly learn everything, and if you wait until you do, then you’ll wait forever. Get busy living or get busy dying. You don’t need to learn everything to succeed. Trust your gut, celebrate your mistakes, and learn deeply from every path you go down. You are the creator of your life.
So how do you be sure you have what preparation you need without getting stuck in a loop of distracting preparedness? How do you actually trust your gut? Here are some steps to help:
There is importance in preparation, but there is freedom and learning in action and soul searching. Don’t prepare so well that you forget what else is necessary, and don’t be afraid of where action can take you. If you’re ready to dig deep into the action your heart desires, it might be time we met. Let’s figure out exactly what’s holding you back in your rotation of preparation so we can set you free.
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