I’m Not Ready

“I’m not ready,” is one of the most popular excuses in the book. As far as excuses go, it is a good one. Perhaps it is a good idea to prepare before doing something that is tough. But I don’t think this is always the case. Here are a few examples,

Writing

Some people really wish to write but they will tell themselves they are not ready. They will go take courses or workshops. They will launch into research so that they can be prepared to write their epic. But here’s the truth, you can over prepare. You can always do more research and you may never be ready to write your epic. The only thing you can do is start writing and stop the procrastinating. Stop the excuses and just do it.

Parenthood

No one is ever ready to be a parent. You can read a million books and go to parenting classes (and you probably should) but the truth is nothing can really prepare you for this. It is a life changing experience and you can never truly be ready for it. But does that mean you shouldn’t be a parent? No! Just make sure that you do give this one some thought before you run out and have a kid. It is a huge responsibility and the most important job you will ever have. No wonder why no one is really ready for it.

Moving Out

I wasn’t ready to live on my own when I moved out of my parents’ house. I’m not sure anyone really is. But living on your own teaches you so much about life and responsibility. Besides, your parents need their space too. So if you’re old enough, good ahead and move out.

Teaching

Nothing can prepare you for the classroom. I didn’t know what I was doing my first day in front of a class. Despite all my training and education, I was clueless. But I learned. And after five years of being on the job, I can honestly say that I’m still learning.

Performing

I still get scared every time I go on stage. I have performed original material in front of crowds dozens of times. I have sang karaoke even more times. I speak in front of an audience every day as part of my job but I still get nervous if I have to address a large group. You think that it would be easy by now. It certainly is a lot easier but I still get nervous and anxious before I go on stage every time.

Still Not Ready?

Still not ready? Good! You can’t ever really be ready. You just need to go out there and do it. Shoot for your dreams. Write your book. Start a family. Move out on your own. Become a teacher. Sing a song. Whatever it is you want to do, go after it and don’t make excuses. You are ready.

6 Comments on I’m Not Ready

  1. Hi Chase,

    Such good advice. We can over analyze so much, we never move forward. I think that’s called “analyze till you’re paralyzed”.

    How about showing us a video of you singing? Are you ready?

  2. Hey Barbara, I plan on recording some new material this summer or fall. I will hopefully be putting up some MP3s on my website and blog. Keep an eye out for them!

  3. Heh, I know what you mean, I’m too scared to step out. Good post, and post some mp3s soon!

  4. You're on a roll. This is so true and so relevant for me right now. Thanks.

  5. Hi Jacqui,

    It's pretty cool how this post relates to the one of yours I commented on today about "Fear" It's like we're on the same wave length or something.

  6. I think we must be on a similar wave length.

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