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Are you “getting ready to get ready to get started”? How will you know when you're finally ready to take action? Here are your answers…

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Have you been “getting ready to get ready”? Have you been all preparation and no action?

Making big moves in life, like starting a business or launching a product, can be intimidating. Most of us want to wait until the time is right.

But how do you know when that time has come… when you're ready to take that giant step forward? Just keep these eight thoughts in mind…

1. Procrastination is a killer. A telltale sign is putting too much effort into getting ready to get ready. Everything has to be just so… even perfect.

2. No one can ever be that ready. Entrepreneurs at the highest level have never waited to be ready. They simply made a decision to move forward because that's what's always required.

3. People procrastinate in the hope that their confidence level will increase the more they get ready. But confidence comes after you make the decision, move forward, and enjoy some success. So waiting for confidence means you'll never be ready.

4. If you're asking, “Am I ready?” 99% of the time, you are ready.

5. Making a commitment takes courage. And yes, that word can make you feel a little uncomfortable. But stepping out of your comfort zone is the price every entrepreneur has paid for their future success. So you won't be the first to do this.

6. Everything is “figureoutable.” If you have a vision of where you want to go, and muster up the required courage, you can figure out how to make your commitment stick.

7. Share your commitment with your target audience. What a great incentive to move forward. And be sure to share your commitment with someone who you know will be supportive of your decision.

8. Finally, remember these “Four Cs”: Courage (leads to) Commitment (leads to) Capability (leads to) Confidence.

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32 Replies to “How To Know When You’re Ready”

  1. Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for this 4 min 23 sec video which landed to my mail. Very True and appropriate for my situation. I have taken a very bold decision to move out from my 9 to 5 job and work full time on my product and product launch. Have worked and saved some thing to support during my off the job time period. I sincerely wish and honestly hope that i will be successful in my venture.

    I really like point 5 and 6 words, “Making commitment takes courage” and “Everything is figureoutable” WOW.

    Thanks again.

    Regards
    Madhan.

  2. Yeah, I was talking about just this very topic with some associates and I think this quest for a ‘perfect product’ or the website is absolutely tweaked to perfection-it is rubbish man, get your stuff out there and tweak it as you go! Build it as the people gain interest-prove the concept by actually doing it. Great message Jeff, i like your Sunday videos mate, they are always spot on 🙂

  3. Totally agree. I am starting to see that I accomplish more when I do it scared. This is the message that I needed to start my day with.

  4. Enjoyed your video and blog. My major problem is procrastinating but not as bad as when I first started

  5. Believe me when I say this 4 minute video turned up at exactly the right time for me. Thank you.☺️

  6. The 4Cs apply to many areas of life that take us out of our comfort zone. I can relate to this video because this week I launched a podcast. “The All About We Podcast” is for couples and families to help build healthy relationships.
    I am using PLF to get the word out. Thanks Jeff!

  7. Need to stop procrastinating and go full throttle into my investigation business.

  8. Hi ,Jeff ,
    Nice to hear from you again , especially the new the video , very encourage video . Well done
    I have been looking at your mails every time and very interesting information written by you . My concern is how to get many customers with good story to attract them to my website .

    Regards

    sunny

  9. Thank you Jeff!
    That was very inspiring message.
    I always feel like your product, your public offer has to be spotless.
    I’m a perfectionist, responsible, which, I think, is good, however,
    it’s often keeps me from doing, giving the best of my knowledge,
    advice to the bigger audience, because, I think, some people in my
    field of expertise maybe better than I’m.
    I’m helping some people using my skills right now, just don’t make,
    practically, no income doing this, investing my time and my money,
    buying products that advanced quality of my work.
    So, maybe it’s time to do what I love on the bigger scale.

  10. Good stuff!
    I know personally the reality of the procrastination in the guise of preparation. The truth is we will never be ready because that next step is always out of our comfort zone, and we will always try to avoid stepping out of our comfort zone if we can. But the fact of the matter is we will never be satisfied in our preparation. Yes, preparation is good and necessary, but we must have discernment when the time we spend before stepping out crosses the line from preparation driven by pragmatism to procrastination due to being a perfectionist or out of fear. Courage is a good motivator but a terrible crutch, for courage rarely comes when we need it.
    The farthest journey may cause us to feel overwhelmed, but it still begins with just one step. If the first step is too big, focus on the first step, for you’ll never reach the end if you never get started.

  11. Eugene Zimmermann

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    Thanks, Jeff for the wisdom. Especially “courage sounds great but doesn’t feel great”. Critical reminder as I “launch” into the week ahead!

  12. There is so much comfort in waiting to be ready – and ultimately it’s a very uncomfortable comfort. Fail early and fail often – it is indeed the road to confidence. Thanks, Jeff.

  13. We have group of PLFers hanging out in the Travelodge lobby watching this video before we head over to the final day of PLF Live 2016.

    I’ve personally been realizing how much I’ve been allowing myself to be “Paralyzed by Perfectionism.” As was mentioned yesterday, “Take Inspired Imperfect ACTION”

    Llllllaaunch!

    • Jeff, you are so right. Yes you have to think things through, but as I always say, if you are driving to Pittsburg, and wait until all of the lights turn green, you’ll never leave!!!!

  14. Jeff – that was a bit spooky how timely this video was for me. I had made the decision last week to take the first step on my side project, which I’ve been keeping very low profile. Once I put out the survey, I will have told a few people. However in the back of mind, I’ve been wondering all weekend if I should really do this. Kind of a nagging, am I ready? Procrastinate no more. Today is the day, thanks!

  15. Kerryn Wayow

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    Thanks Jeff,

    Been wavering for the past year, on whether I should get started with seminar I want to run . Thanks for the pearls of wisdom, always providing intelligent thoughts and ideas! Thanks once, again

  16. This is wonderful wisdom. Thank you so much for the reminder. I think so many people are striving for perfection, and it really stops us in our tracks. Courage is hugely important. Thanks for sharing this.

  17. Hi Jeff – Just watched two great videos from you. Love the way you give so much doable advice, and are so encouraging. These videos reminded me of two great quotes that I would like to share with you.
    “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes, and becoming superior. Henry C. Link

    The other one is “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says – I’ll try again tomorrow.”

    Thanks again. You always give me “courage”.

    Keep up the good work.

    Fawn

  18. Thank you so much for the reminder. I was thinking that i was procrastinating> now that I have completed some prior commitments, I will find the courage to commit to the project that I have mentioned to a few people

  19. Great ideas, Jeff, and so true. Committ, share with someone then go forth and work out the issues as you go along the path, only way to accomplish moving to the place you envision.

  20. Hi Jeff! I am in the middle of my first Launch right now and Yes, it takes courage. It’s been 2 years since i began this project. The Launch starts very slowly, so i would say it takes courage to keep on working, growing my list and start over some pieces of my product to make it work. Thanks for this video. Good timing for me…

  21. Jeff, Thank you for encouraging me this weekend and this video. I am actually very peaceful and happy once I made the commitment to move on by joining the Launch Club. I declare I will launch “supporting entrepreneurs to take care of their finance with ease”with $200,000 sales by June 1, 2016 and will your Farari!

  22. Gregory Neiman

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    Baby steps can lead to larger steps. Thanks for the four C’s. They look good for larger steps!

  23. This is so true. Thanks Jeff. I’m a master procrastinator and moving to action can be scary but exhilarating. There are so many quotes that apply here…”100% is easy. 99% is hard.” “If not you, than who? If not now, than when?” “Just Do It!” Thanks Jeff!

  24. Hi Jeff,
    I listen to your experience and advice with much interest , especially “when it will be your time” appealed to me.
    Related to this topic I have a short question: apart from the fact I do ask myself if this is the time for me to start, I also still have a day job and I find it really hard to focus and push myself to start with these first scary steps into my own venture. In a way the day job distracts me tremendously from what I really like to do, on the other hand it could be a smart thing to try and do both for as long as possible for the obvious reason that in case my idea does not work out I still have a job that pays the bills. Would you have any tips or advice on how to not loose focus on my own idea while doing a proper job for my employer in the day time?
    Many thanks in advance.

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