(vintage post, but still relevant!)
Pardon my appearance, but I wanted to get started blogging! So it’s not perfect, but over time, I will make the necessary changes to make it pretty.
Since I was a child, I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur. Many years back, my sister and I had an idea to create some t-shirts and sell them during the summer. We created two designs, purchased a million tee shirts (ok, it was about a thousand), purchased a tent, and went travelling to various parades and outdoor events during the summer.
This took a lot of planning. We had some friends help us and before every event, my sister would look at me and sarcastically scream
“WHAT’S THE PLAAAAAAANNNNNN?”
Umm… it doesn’t come across unless you hear it.
Ok, well maybe you had to be there. 😉 In any case, it became the biggest group joke. I believe this was about 15 years ago, and to this day, I still say it to that same group and even my daughters laugh.
Did my sister have a point?
One thing I have learned, which I believe is true, is that many people take too much time to plan and delay the action. As a Queen Procrastinator, that has definitely been me!
I have to admit, it takes a bit of courage to step out there and take action without having it all laid out for you. That’s what we are used to, right? Take school for instance. Everyone knows the game plan. Start your grade, learn, do homework, take tests, get good grades, move up. Do extra-curricular activities to be “well-rounded”, then apply for the next school (high school, college, grad school, etc). Graduate with diploma/degree.
But business is different. And that’s a good thing. If everything had a blueprint, then everyone would do it! The beauty of starting your own business is that you can create your own path. Don’t get me wrong, there are some tasks that should be in your plan, but you do get to chart your own course.
But planning takes time. And if you want to get it right, or you are a perfectionist (like me), you won’t get started until it’s perfect. Of course it will never be. So you don’t actually start.
I own a shirt I got from one of my Peak Potentials courses that I took. It says “Ready. Fire. Aim.” What that means is: set a goal, start going towards the goal, then plan…and rework your plan AS you are going towards you goal.
In other words, don’t let having a perfect plan stop you. Get started. Keep going. Modify your steps along the way.
That’s why I started this blog even though it doesn’t look quite the way I want it to.
Are you ready? Get started right now. Plan as you go. It will be ok. I promise.
I wish you wealth, health, & a happy home! 🙂