Once I heard a friend* describe how we can plan and prepare and re-assess something so much that we spend all our time saying, “Ready, Aim…Ready, Aim…Ready, Aim” – but we never actually get past the starting line for our project, our goal, to loudly proclaim, “FIRE!”
Sometimes, to get real movement and momentum [rather than wander in circles or stand still, stuck in perpetual planning mode] we have to pick up the starter signal declaring, “Aim, FIRE!” then scramble to get ready after we pull the GO trigger.
For too long I’ve been in the “getting ready” mode. Whether it be writing, health, organization, parenting, finances, there’s always some reason why I can’t do ABC or work on XYZ “yet”. But if I’m really honest with myself, I know I’ll never have my proverbial ducks in a row.
What I do have is my aim – I know my direction. So I’m firing my starter signal, and launching my blog. [Insert swirling feelings of trepidation and elation here!] The continued learning, the “right stuff”, all that will just have to fall in line when and where it needs to…
How about you? Want to put the planning behind and just get on with it? Let’s figure out life as we live it, instead of thinking we have to have things figured out before we can truly live. I’d love for you to join in the conversation.
*Credit to Rev. Mary Ann Wierks for the “Ready, Aim, Fire” analogy which I heard her share in a video around 2005/2006. It has inspired me ever since, and I’ve shared it many times, thanks Mary Ann!
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