Why You Need To Leap Before You're Ready
“You have to pursue your dreams with reckless abandon”. I have heard this saying for the 100th time since I keep replaying the MyTaughtYou podcast by Curlbox founder, Myleik Teele. For the past few days, I’ve been listening to a few of her older podcast episodes trying to get the motivation to keep pushing and striving towards my goals. Lately, I’ve been feeling down and a little unmotivated really because I’m lacking the mental clarity that I need to get to the next level. So much is happening at one time and it’s hard to really figure out what exactly I want to do next. But as I listen to the same episode over and over, hearing Myleik quote Datwon Thomas, the editor of KING Magazine that “you have to pursue your dreams with reckless abandon”, I can’t help but to do like Nike and just do it.
To pursue something with reckless abandon means to act without thought of consequence. Majority of the time whenever we decide to pursue a goal, we subconsciously think about what it will mean if we actually accomplished the goal. We think about what will result from us reaching the goal. But we can’t think about the what ifs, we have to just pursue what we want. Our goals are waiting for us to accomplish them, but we have to be reckless with our approach. Get rid of the thought of failing, not being able to get where we want to be, and pursue your goals regardless of the outcome. More reward comes from going after what you want than the actual result of doing so.
We all know what it is we want to do, but only a select few of us will do what we have to do to get there. Be the select few that takes action.
Before I started blogging, I was shy about my writing. I used to write all the time in school, buying journals and notebooks and opening up to new, clean pages every day or whenever I could. But when it came to publicly sharing my writing I was nervous about the reactions that I would get. I wanted everybody to love what I was writing, but the reality is everyone was not going to like what I had to say and how I had to say it. And I would have people tell me that they didn’t like what I wrote, not in an ignorant way, but in a way that told me you need to keep practicing. At first, I was defensive about what people told me. I kept telling myself that they didn’t know or understand my creativity, but what good is something creative if people don’t understand how to approach it. So as time went on I started giving into the criticism and started practicing. I said earlier that I would write a lot while in school, but it took me until March 2016, that I actually spend time journaling, intentionally. I would wake up as early as I could and spend ten, maybe 20 minutes at most writing whatever my thoughts were. Eventually, I would pick a word for the day and write my thoughts about the word. All of this turned into me getting better at writing on my blog and having people connect with what I was writing, and building my audience.
The moral of this story is, even though you may not be ready to, make the jump and leap into your purpose. I know my purpose is to reach and connect with people through my words and eventually my teachings through coaching.
You might not feel ready, but the secret is, you’re never going to be ready. There will never be a perfect time to start your business than it is now. There will never be a perfect time write your book, you starting your program, to create your blog or YouTube channel. The perfect time is right now. The longer you wait, you’re missing out on your chance to make your mark and leave your impact.
You need to know everything to start, in fact, it’s not the best to know everything because 1) you can’t know everything, and 2) knowing too much means you’re overloading yourself with knowledge and not allowing yourself to implement what you learn, which will keep you stuck. Abandon the thoughts of consequence, of failure, of fear and unworthiness, and pursue your dreams with recklessness. Be thorough, be intentional, be proactive and committed. Even if you fall flat on your face and hit rock bottom, at least you know what it feels like so the next time you go to make the jump you know how to get to the other side. Just on the other side of your fear is the reward/result you’re looking for.
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