So, you’ve done your homework. You decided to really go for one of your dreams, and in order to be prepared, you did the right thing and started gathering information and planning for it. Maybe your dream was a smaller one, and not so much planning was necessary. Or maybe it was a huge one, and you’ve been planning for months or even years. However long it took, the clear next step was acting on your plans.
And then something happened. Real life got in the way, and the dream got put on the back burner. Or maybe you still aren’t sure if you’ve planned enough to cover every contingency, and are still gathering information. Or perhaps your waiting for just the right moment to execute that plan, and it hasn’t happened yet. Well, I have a few words of advice.
The right moment to start isn’t coming. There will always be something standing in the way between you and your dreams. If you’ve done the planning already, the best time to act was yesterday. Baring that, the next best time to start is now.
I’ve heard of many people who have done wonderful things. But then I also know some who have equally amazing ideas, but never make it any farther than the planning stage. They ramp up the gathering of information, write down all the facts and talk about what it will be like, but never take the crucial step from planning to action because they’re waiting for the ‘right time’. You are capable, and even though the moment will never be perfect, when the dream means that much to you, you’ll find a way to push past the distractions and other obstacles standing in your way.
Imperfect action is infinitely better than no action at all. If you’ve done all the major planning, and are still stalling because you aren’t sure that you have all the details figured out yet, join the club. I certainly don’t have all the details for going full-time RVing figured out, but I’ve already started taking action on that dream and have bought my tow vehicle.
For bigger dreams, you won’t be able to plan for all contingencies. There are just too many variables to consider. It would be a waste of our valuable time to try to think of, and drum up a counter for them all, when likely what will end up happening will be something we would never have thought of ahead of time. After a point, planning loses it’s effectiveness and the best results will be gained from actually testing the waters, learning from your mistakes, and adjusting course accordingly. Realize that some things we just need to learn as we go.
I know that for many people, not having all the answers is a scary thought. I believe this plays a big part of why more people don’t follow their dreams, the uncertainty that crops up when you contemplate doing something outside the norm, and fear of failure. There will be an upcoming post on the topic of fear, but in the meantime I’ll just say this: You don’t really fail, unless you stop trying.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, follow my advice in the previous Dream article on planning and just take it one step at a time, and eventually you will get where you want to be. Get use to taking action by starting, and you’ll find that the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
In fact, if you’ve had something in the works for a while now and haven’t started acting on it yet, I challenge you to do just that. Take one small step today to further that dream. Right now would be best, but if you’re reading this at work or in the bathroom or something go ahead and finish that first. It doesn’t have to be much, just one little thing. Then feel free to post about it in the comments below.
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