On November 8th I put out a challenge for you to set a goal and tackle as much as you can before the end of 2017. The challenge that I set for myself was to write a chapter a week for my new book, titled Recharge! It’s week 2 of my Recharge Writing Project, and as promised, here’s another book segment – the introduction. Enjoy!
There Is Almost No Such Thing as Ready
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”
~ Hugh Laurie
I came across this quote awhile back, while I was scrolling through social media. Scrolling when I should have been writing. This book. It happened a lot at the start of the writing process, when the words weren’t flowing and it all felt like work. It felt like that a lot, but beginnings are sometimes like that. Well that morning The Universe was clearly trying to catch my attention, and she has a pretty wicked sense of humour. The quote spoke to me.
I’d been dragging my butt for a long time around writing this, my second book; waiting until I felt readier. Waiting until I knew for sure what I was going to write about. Hoping for inspiration to hit me over the head. It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I’d sit down to write and if it didn’t come easily, I’d look for other things to do. I’d reconfigure the table of contents, or rework the title…again. I’d research stuff I’d already researched and I would re-read all the other tidbits I’d written in the days before. I’d question whether the writing I’d already done was any good. I’d beat myself up a bit, and then, having made little progress, I’d inevitably get drawn toward email or social media distractions. I would tell myself, I’m not ready. And then I read the quote. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything.
In life, a failure to launch doesn’t just apply to that grown child who has yet to leave the nest. It can also be about those changes you want to make in your life that never seem to happen. It relates to any important quest or goal in your life that sits idle; waiting for you to get enough time, energy, courage or smarts to kick it into gear. Waiting for you to gain more experience, or another course, or more confidence…when 9 times out of 10 you already have it!
There is almost no such thing as ready.
Where in your life have you delayed because you don’t feel you’re ready? What are the things you want more of in your life right now that can no longer wait? What will it take for you to get over it and get on with it?
Why wait? There is only now. There is a benefit to launching. Or in this case to relaunch…to recharge.
rēˈCHärj/ – to make a new attack, to regain energy or spirit, to inspire or invigorate afresh
As you read the definition and apply it to your own life – with health, career, finances, relationships, fulfillment – any part of it, where do you need to make a new attack? In what aspects of your work and life do you want to regain energy or spirit? What parts of you need to be inspired or invigorated afresh? What do you need to do to create a life you truly love?
They’re important questions for all of us to consider now and again. You may be reading this thinking, “I love my life!” Good! Keep reading and ponder the small boosts you might gift yourself to make life even better, because even happy, healthy, fulfilled people need to recharge regularly to stay that way. And if you’re reading this thinking “Everything needs a recharge! I don’t know where to start.” Just start. If life feels a bit overwhelming right now, the best thing you can do is feel it, and then honour that nothing will change unless you do.
Big recharge or little boost, decide that it’s time to disconnect from ‘busy’ and plug in to a life you love. Step into the process and work things out along the way. If you don’t have all the pieces in place you’ll pick them up on as you go, and you’ll have momentum on your side; successes and insights that won’t reveal themselves unless you take action. So, act.
You’re ready. So just remind yourself that starting is the tough part, then start small and let momentum roll you through each step. I’ll be right there with you.
Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.
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