Before you’re ready . . .
. . . you’re afraid to act.
. . . you feel unprepared.
. . . you worry about what others will say.
. . . you spend lots of time planning and thinking.
. . . you wish you could already have finished it.
. . . you bargain with yourself about when you’ll really get started.
. . . you daydream about it.
. . . you second- and third-guess yourself. You fourth-guess.
. . . you lie awake wondering.
. . . you imagine your name in lights.
. . . you imagine yourself as a worn-out failure after years of trying.
. . . you avoid the act of creation because the act of creation is so scary.
. . . you’re nervous.
Before you’re ready is the time to snap out of it and start doing the work.
Unsuccessful creators think you get ready to do the work and then start working. But that’s false. The process actually runs like this: you start working . . . and that’s what makes you ready to do your real work.
Simple question: Are you going to do the work today? Or waste more time waiting to be ready?