Monday, February 25, 2008

Waiting for what? Get going.....

"Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful." -- Mark Victor Hansen

My life's history is a tickertape with creases and folds at the most significant times. One of those folds occurred about three years ago. One of my teammates and I were encouraging a new teammate into participating in a firearm competition. We explained all the benefits of stress innoculation and the healthy competitive environment. Now this new teammate of ours had been carrying a pistol for a living for years and was even a police firearm instructor. I will never forget his response: "I don't think I'm ready yet." But it was my veteran teammate's response that is etched in stone: "You're never gonna be ready. You just gotta jump in."

You're never gonna be ready. Those words still ring true to me today. Are we really ever ready for a new challenge? We might prepare and plan, but we never absolutely know the outcome beforehand. Besides, what's the challenge if we know ahead of time that we're gonna succeed or fail? We can go into our contests with a strategy, education, and training....all necessary to give ourselves a fighting chance. But taking that first step into the arena is not an easy one. It's a decisive movement that takes courage and faith.

Do you think any first-time marathon runner is really ready to take on 26.2 miles, even after months of training? How about a baseball player taking his first trip to the plate in "the bigs?" Or an expecting mother and father waiting on the birth of their first child?

Put your fears aside. Be courageous in your decision to take on the challenge. Enjoy the journey. No, it will not be easy, but seriously....when are you ever really gonna be ready?

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