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Thanks for taking the time to check out my new website! I have lots of hot deals and DIY products launching in the next few months to help you to make your website totally stellar (as promised). I can’t wait to share them with you!

Going from a 9-5 web design job to freelancing and now to starting a micro-agency of my own has been an insanely awesome experience, and it’s all happened in the past year! Do you think when 2013 started I thought I’d be where I am today? Not a chance! I always dreamed I’d have my own business, but most of the time I thought that’s all it was–high hopes that I’d always talk about but never actually do. And that’s why I knew I had to change things quickly, before I got trapped by the comfort of regular (but unimpressive) paycheques.

So today I really wanted to talk to you guys about the importance of actually starting things that you want to do, and more importantly, starting before you’re ready. Because I know you’ve been there before…

You come up with a cool idea, research it to death.. plan, plan, plan… and the momentum is high. During this stage in the game there is no doubt in your mind that your idea is going to change your life (and maybe even the world). It’s optimism at it’s finest.

Then when you’re about to actually start, the little devil on your shoulder decides to show up–uninvited–to tell you things like:

“Who are YOU to be doing this? You don’t even know what you’re doing. This will never work. Stick to a regular job just like everybody else.”

The doubt starts to set in. Your momentum slows down. You start to wonder if all that planning and excitement was for nothing, and you tell yourself that it was just “the idea”. You’ll come up with a better one, right? And you go back to the daily grind of that mediocre job that you hate because it’s the easy thing to do–comfortable, scheduled, and there’s a low risk of public humiliation–and you decide that you’ll create an opportunity for yourself to do bigger and better things at a later date.

But guess what? You still haven’t.

Sound familiar? Here’s the good news! You’re not alone. That vicious cycle is extremely common and it’s the exact reason why many of today’s most successful entrepreneurs, including the one and only Sir Richard Branson, have one giant thing in common:

THEY ALL STARTED BEFORE THEY WERE READY.

So Why The Hell Should You Start Before You’re Ready?

  1. To start making things happen before you completely doubt yourself and go back to the drawing board.
  2. To avoid getting trapped in the research/planning phase forever.
  3. To take advantage of the high momentum and excitement in the beginning stages (which will help you to actually get shit done).
  4. Because it’s impossible to know if something will actually work until you try it.
  5. Because talking isn’t doing.
  6. Because learning comes from experience–and there’s no way you could ever know it all before you start.

A few months back, after listening to my struggles over whether or not I was ready to quit my day job, one of my f*cking idols and favourite author–Danielle LaPorte–said a few words of wisdom to me that changed the way I viewed everything. She said:

“Honey, you’re already ready. But you’re never gonna feel ready.”

And I knew she was right. I was already ready and if you’re on the fence about something major like I was, you’re probably ready too.

Now, how did I get so lucky as to have Danielle LaPorte sit with me to chat about what the hell I was going to do with my life? Well, that’s a story for another time!

Have you ever had an idea for something and not followed through? What stopped you from making it happen? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Cheers to gettin’ shit done :)

lauren-lund

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