This quote I ran into while reading some Spiritual Feng Shui for the Day over at This Psychic Life. It’s from Lemony Snicket. Although the end of his series was super disappointing, the ride was still a good one. Anyway, here’s the quote:
If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.
I know I kind of touched on this last week, but it’s still important to remember. And it applies to all facets of life, not just writing. The thing is, when you’re doing something crazy and adventurous in life, sometimes you’re going to want to feel ready for it.
I’ll query this book out when I’m ready. I’ll try for that new job when I’m ready. I’ll ask the hottie who lives down the road out as soon as I’m ready.
That’s not to say we should do things too early. You certainly don’t want to pull a cake out of the oven too early (flat cake is super disappointing) nor should you query a manuscript that isn’t ready. The kind of waiting I’m talking about is really fear of rejection waiting. There’s a time to prepare and there’s a time to do. Don’t spend so much time preparing you never get to doing.
It’s like the people who say they’ll go to the gym as soon as they get in shape. Going to the gym is what gets you in shape. Sure, there will be jerks who laugh at you because you’re bigger than you’d like to be, but honestly the majority of people who see you there will respect you for coming to get in shape. Besides, that logic never made sense to me. I’ll go work out as soon as I’ve worked out. Huh? (I know, they mean to do it in private, but they’re not.)
Take a look in your life and see if there aren’t any areas where you’re waiting because you’re actually afraid vs. trying to be ready enough. And some things you just have to suck at to get any better at them.
Plus I think sometimes we just get comfortable where we’re at. Sure, I like writing stories, but I’ll share them with others when I get better at writing (I used to have this attitude). See what I mean? Got to be adventurous sometimes too. Make sure if you’re waiting until you’re ready it’s really that you’re preparing and not hiding.
What do you think about it? Were there times in your life you were waiting to get ready but really you were just too afraid to be adventurous? What would you say to those who are waiting? How do you know the difference between actually preparing and waiting because you’re afraid? Let us know below.