Start Before You’re Ready

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Last week I had a coaching session with the wonderful Mara from Medicinal Marzipan (something I greatly recommend!), and one thing she said to me really stuck with me: Start before you’re ready.

Too often in life we wait for everything to be perfect. Especially those of us who have a bit of a perfectionist streak. We feel like we don’t know enough yet, or we should wait until we’ve gotten the next promotions, finished the big project, gotten married or when the children are a bit older.

When I first moved my blog out under my own name I wrote Daring to Dream – and to Write. But daring to start is not something you do once, it is something you have to continue to do. You have to continuously do things, even if you don’t quite feel ready for them yet.

The thing is, life will never be perfect. You will never be completely ready. So, start before you’re ready.

What do you want to do, but don’t feel ready for yet?


  1. I agree completely. Also, we want to postpone the big things, we’re nervous, so the ‘I need to do this and that and have my shit together first’ is often an excuse. If we dispense with that, we are left with ourselves to either DO or come up with another excuse. And the more excuses, the more transparent they are. I really need to start writing more…


    • Exactly. It is easy to come up with excuses, and it can be hard to look behind them, because it hurts to see that we are not following our dreams, and we are not being the best we can be. And yes, I need to write more too… although I’m getting better, I write practically every day now, which is a step in the right direction (just need to write more every day now).


  2. LK

    This is how I was with starting the process of graduate school. I restart it every day but its what needs to be done. You can’t plan everything. Sometimes you just have to dive in.


    • Precisely. So often we over-think everything and we end up paralysed. Usually once you start doing, you will find a way. It may not be perfect, but nothing ever is. Doing something is always better than doing nothing – and will get you much further.


  3. This is a very, very important message, and one thing I did wrong for too many years. I always thought that I shouldn’t start before all conditions were perfect. My music things are the best example:

    “No, I can’t learn jazz piano before my technique is really really good.”
    “No, I can’t manage to learn guitar before I’m really really good at the piano.”
    “No, I can’t, write music before I’ve extensively studies music theory.”

    And so on. Unnecessary to say, I ended up getting nowhere and being frustrated and unhappy. Now I try to make this differently. I just jump and try things out, but it affords courage I didn’t have for a long time (I’m a bit of a coward 😀 ). But just doing it teaches me that I make progress *while* doing it. When I didn’t do it, I didn’t make any.


    • Thank you for your comment Kath! I can’t remember where, but I recently read that if you’re not failing you’re not trying and to “fail forward”. And I’m so happy you’ve started jumping in with your music.



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