“Aim, Fire!” (then scramble to get ready)

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Time to push the “Post” button
– ready or not, here we go!

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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10 thoughts on ““Aim, Fire!” (then scramble to get ready)

    1. Andrea Post author

      Hi Tara!
      So here’s where, by sharing my website without getting everything ready, I may shoot myself in the foot with that starter gun – heeheehee.
      My two best answers until I get said button is 1) you can create a wordpress user on this site (see the login area?) which makes you an automatic subscriber I think, or 2) check out the Entries RSS.
      That’s my best techie knowledge. Not enough to do it all myself, but just enough to get myself in trouble trying!
      Thanks for reading.

  1. Alysa

    Hi Tara,

    All you need to do is copy this link:

    Into your Google Reader (if you have one). Google Reader won’t be around much longer, so I’ve heard, but you could also try feedly.com in order to subscribe to all of Andrea’s posts through a reader.

    Hope that helps.

    Andrea! Another great post. I have so many “Ready, Aim” ideas. Need to just jump into a few of them – thanks for the encouragement. Little by little every day, right?

  2. Tara

    Thanks, I’ll try those ideas. I’m not very tech saavy… we’ll see. I may just have to bookmark the page and check on it. 🙂

  3. Armand

    Lot’s of ‘right-brain’ activity is planned in the subconscious… no spreadsheet, no written plan, but non-verbal thinking that integrates huge amounts of stored information, imagination and divine inspiration. You’re ready!

    1. Andrea Post author

      I’m finally back at writing a month later. Thanks for your continued encouragement Armand. I love this thought – my brain busy at work subconsciously, even though I’m not outwardly typing anything right then. (Makes me feel more productive and less guilty!) It really makes sense to me. I’ve said for years, “It’s all there in my head, full paragraphs and everything, I just need to do the work of writing it down.”
      The imagination and inspiration needs time to dwell internally, and I also have to put in the time and emotional energy of digging down deep into the subconscious and coaxing it all out onto paper (fingers on keyboard). That’s the harder work! But yes, I AM ready!

  4. Angie Mabry-Nauta

    So absolutely proud of you, my sweet sister. You are an insightful & profound thinker. The many places God has taken you in your life provide a rich canvas for you to draw upon. Excited to walk this writing journey with you!

    Now, about Festival of Faith & Writing 2014! 😉 It’s at Calvin, April 8-10. Wanna join me???

    Love you!

    1. Andrea Post author

      Absolutely attending! It’s on my calendar already from when you told me about it way back when.

      Thank you for your uplifting words, my friend. It is a journey indeed! Love returned 🙂

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