Life is here ready or not

“I’m not sure I’m ready for this”, my friend said. Life’s roller coaster was in full pull and now here was an unexpected opportunity for something good. He had been through a lot the past few months and was still a bit lost and confused about things.

He asked for guidance several times and the guidance in all cases confirmed that the opportunity in front of him was a good thing. He still wasn’t sure he was ready though. He really wanted things to calm down first.

As I listened to him, I began to reflect on my life. Some of my most memorable achievements happened when I wasn’t ready. They just appeared and sometimes I didn’t have a choice. I remember returning to work after vacation and withnin 10 minutes told I was in charge of an enterprise project. A project I have never done before with a lot of high stakes. I was anything but ready, but I figured it out as I went.

Those moments when I “wasn’t ready” is where I learned the most; to step up, to ask for help, to follow guidance, that I was capable of way more than I thought, and to follow my heart.

For me, ideally life should be all organized and tidy before things occur. I want them to happen on my time, when I’m ready. Don’t we all right?  How much would we really grow and learn if life happened exactly when we thought we were ready?

Course, am I ever really ready? It’s easy to become a victim of analysis paralysis. I can make plenty of excuses for not being ready and if I followed those, not much would happen. Its life happening, when it happens, that stretches me, that makes me grow the most. I don’t always like it, but it is what it is.

By having faith and following guidance, we can be sure that whatever happens we can handle, even if we don’t think so. When life is good, it’s easy to agree. However, when it seems everything is in upheaval and here comes one more thing is when you really question it. It is at these times that we learn the most and become stronger.

Corporate projects, relationships, family issues, unexpected vacation opportunities, and more. Life often happens when we don’t think we’re ready. Yet that is precisely when we need to move forward.

Life is here to be lived, ready or not.

I Have Everything I Need

I’m watching a video of an outdoor adventure and these guys are using just basic equipment and having a blast. Wow, I could never go with just basic equipment. I must have all my stuff together , tested, and all accounted for.  As you can imagine, that often leaves me on the sidelines waiting because I don’t have this or that. When I have this item, then I’ll go. While there is something to be said for planning, I realized an important lesson.

For every excuse I make to not do something, someone else is out there, with the same abilities, getting it done.  Now I’m a big planner and believe in having the right equipment. However, I realized I’m holding myself back in a lot of areas because I’m “waiting” for the perfect time, the perfect situations etc.

At this point in my life, I already know enough to be safe and smart, the power of faith, setting intentions, and letting go.  I have no excuses! I should just use what I have right here, right now and head off. If I need something else, I’m sure I’ll figure that out pretty quickly. In the meantime, I should be enjoying the journey rather than sitting here waiting for everything to be perfect.

Speaking of perfect, I had to ask myself a couple of questions. How much I learn when things are perfect? Not that much. How much have I learned when I had to a little work, overcome some things, and step out on faith? More than the scope of this article! Those life experiences strengthen my faith, give me depth, and should give me courage to handle whatever comes my way.

Looking back at some of my recent successes, I realized a fun fact. There was very little planning involved.  I just did it. I didn’t think about how it would work out or what it would take.  The more I was involved, the more opportunities lined up and things flowed along.

If I had thought about every coordination, all the people involved, and the other requirements to make it all come together,  I’d probably still be planning it.  It’s amazing what I can really do if I just take action.

I have my vision board and plans, but rather than make excuses and waiting, I’m getting started. I’m sure I’ll find some bumps along the way and learn some lessons, but I know I’ll be taken care of and opportunities will unfold as I go along.