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‘Being ready’ is a myth! Why there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect time’

‘Being ready’ is a myth! Why there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect time’

“I’m too young. I don’t have enough experience.”
“I’m already old. Opportunities have passed.”
“I’m busy. Where will I find the time?”

Are you guilty of these lines? Have you ever stopped pursuing something simply because you’re not ready yet? While the importance of preparedness should never be underestimated, it also does not give us the excuse to sit still and wait for the right time.

Growing up, one of the famous lines that made an impact on me is that ‘in business, you are never ready for anything’. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. There is no right time. You take a leap of faith and then you start.

Looking back, I was not ready for school. I was not ready for higher education. I was not ready to face the real world after graduation. I was not ready to settle down and get married. However, if I had chosen to remain complacent, surely my story would remain stagnant.

Vishnu, I’m not ready for sales. I’m not yet ready to do my own presentation” is something I commonly hear from my new trainees. My simple response is, “You can never be ready, so the best time to do the presentation is now.” I complement that line by telling them that as a Leader, I exist to help and guide them.

At the end of the day, it is FEAR that impedes us. We fear failure, we fear criticism, and so on. Nonetheless, here are three things you can do to fear crippling you:

1. Take action
It is only through action that you can combat fear. Dwelling on negative thoughts is the catalyst of fear. The next time you are afraid to do something, stop doubting yourself and just do it because action kills fear.

2. Count on experience
Experience is a valuable commodity in business and it cannot be bought off the shelf in a supermarket. Even if you cannot predict the outcome of a particular circumstance, think of it as an avenue for learning. Look at everything you do as a process of gaining experience and you will come out more enthusiastic.

3. Stay focused on your purpose
Purpose brings clarity. It is difficult to go astray if you constantly think about your mission. When the fear of trying kicks in, remind yourself of the reason you’re supposed to do something.

Being ready is a myth. There is no such thing as the ‘perfect time’ because something will always stand in the way. Don’t fall into the trap of ‘analysis paralysis’ because the more you think about reasons not to start, the more you cripple yourself.

Step up and take action because as the old adage goes, ‘yesterday was the best time to do it. The second best time is NOW’!

Vishnu Annapareddy, Organisational Head, Centurion Marketing Group, Malaysia.