Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Taking Action

Painting In Process

There is so much happening and everything is showing up because of one thing:  committing to take action.

I was stuck for a long, long time.  Doing lots of research.  Holding up ideas with so much potential and then tearing them down.

It's embarrassing to say that I pulled out an old journal of mine from 1999.  It had exercises in it about what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go.  What I wanted to accomplish.  And you know what?

I still want many of the same exact things. And I'm only starting to create them NOW.  (It's 2000-freaking-thirteen!)

In those journals, I promised myself I would take action, but I always got stuck when it actually came time to REALLY do something.

I would consistently conclude that the ideas I thought were spectacular, were certainly way-way-way out of reach.  Just not possible. I didn't know enough, have the skills or the money I thought I needed to begin. I needed to study more, learn more, save more money, have a business plan, really know exactly what I was doing and what the specific outcome would be.

And that's when I would start to tear apart that idea.  It seemed much nicer to stay right here where things were tolerable (but not really fun or interesting or exciting in any way.)  And then I would get the next big idea and the cycle would begin again.

The funny thing is that many of the women in my groups now praise me for jumping right in.  Taking risks.  Moving quickly.   I find that a little funny considering it has taken me 14 years-and if I were to be really honest, it's been much, much longer.

If you know alot about being stuck and circling endlessly around ideas without ever doing anything, I've got a secret to share with you;

Get clear and get moving

You can start on a small scale and you have everything you need right now. Watch what begins to happen. Watch the dreams start to take shape when you commit and start doing something tangible and real. 

Transition is exciting and terrifying.  Your inner Ms. Perfect will not rest and will still scream at you as fear leaks in and tells you it's not going to work-you'd  better quit while you're ahead. 

But if you're like me, you already know what happens from inaction.  You may find that once you get started, it's a lot easier than you thought it would be. 

You can make a good chunk of extra income each month, doing creative things that you enjoy, not to mention the little part about shaping your life to be exactly how you want it.  Commit and begin.

I'll be sharing what's been working for me so check back in or join the mailing list for more in-depth ideas.  

It's time to take action. 


Michelle said...

hmmmm. I so relate to the perfectionism keeping me from moving forward. perfection holds me back in so many big and small ways. Way to keep jumping Lady!

Kelly D said...

Thanks Michelle. Perfection is a secret little demon isn't it? Looking all positive and shiny and really just wreaking havoc.