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When the time is right


I can see you.

You are standing in a dark corner, watching others step closer to the spotlight.

Watching in awe as they discard their fears and embrace the light. Watching them make something amazing, talk about it without reservations, persuade and inspire others.

Watching with glee, and just a hint of envy. Watching and wishing you could do the same.

But you can’t, not yet.

First, you have to map out the plan, and figure out the little details, and find a couple of hours to dedicate entirely to planning — no, make that four hours! Everyday for the next couple of weeks. Yes, then you will be completely ready, you will have your ducks in a row, you will know exactly what your next steps are and then you will be unstoppable.

Oh, but you don’t have four hours tomorrow. Maybe you should start the day after. Or maybe wait till Monday.

You are not ready.

There are things you should finish up first so you can completely focus. There are people that need your attention. Interruptions, distractions. How can you possibly focus like this?

The time isn’t right.

You will know when it is. It will feel easy and natural, it won’t be scary at all.

It will not feel like a harsh spotlight, but a soft glow of the first ray of sun. And then you can step up to it, softly. And everyone will see you shine.

You can’t force it. And even if you could, what would you say? You need help defining all of this first.  And you need time to do it.

I can see you.

I know what you are thinking.

I know you. I was you.

And I am here to tell you that you can shine.

Yes, you.

Yes, now.

The time will never be right.

You will never feel ready.

So now is as good as ever. You can take the plunge.

I won’t sugarcoat it for you — it will be scarier and more overwhelming than you ever imagined. There will be times when you will just want to give up.

But don’t! Because it will also feel more beautiful, more radiant, more right than anything you ever experienced.

All it takes is a little bit of faith. And an underlying conviction that what you have is useful — no, life-changing! — to your right people.

(Don’t look at me like that. Life-changing depends on your definition. Sometimes making someone smile when they need it most is life-changing enough. And I know you can make that change. And you know it. Even if you have doubts. It’s ok to have doubts. But do it anyway!)

The first step is always the hardest. But you know what? You can do it.

I have faith in you.

Even if you have doubts. Even if everyone else tells you to wait.

Sometimes you just have to stop waiting, and act.

You already know what that first step can be, right? So go and do it. And then come back here and tell me — and we will celebrate!

2 Comments on this Post.

  1. Lisa,

    Oh, I know this story well. A friend gave me the helpful advice of just taking the one smallest step toward making a project happen. Make one phone call. Write one page. And then when you have done that, see what the next littlest thing you can do is and do that.

    I loved this advice. I always think I have to do it all and then feel overwhelmed and do nothing.

    So I take his advice. Sometimes this means my projects do take time to come to life, but they do come to life. One foot in front of the other and I’m in the world offering my heart and services and making beautiful things.

    So appreciative of your help in bringing my work into the world.


    • lisa

      Thanks Jasmine!

      It’s one of those things that sound so easy and common sense, but we so often forget to follow. Or choose not to.

      I think a reminder from time to time helps us all — me included — in putting this advice into action.

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