Yes, it’s “Words of Wisdom Wednesday” where I literally take a proverb, phrase or quote from the book entitled “8,789 Words of Wisdom” by Barbara Ann Kipfer, Workman Publishing Company, Inc. that seems to resonate for me that day and explain what it means for me.
Today’s phrase is: Don’t wait for the ideal time to begin something!
For me, this phrase is about taking action and implementing change. For those of us who want to start a business, reorganize a company, implement a new computer system, learn to play the guitar, create a website/blog, change careers, get into better shape, end a relationship, look for that special someone, have that difficult conversation or just do something new, then you can probably relate to today’s phrase. So, how do you take action and implement change? What is your change style?
Are you a Planner, who doesn’t begin anything without a plan, a very detailed plan? We admire those who actually take the time to plan things out and follow their plans, you are indeed wonderful people. Your challenge is simple, even though you have revised your plan for the umpteenth time it still isn’t just right and you don’t feel confident starting anything at the moment.
Or, are you an Opportunist, one who identifies a new goal or change and then uses your great powers of intuition and waits for an opportunity to present itself at just the right time? We admire those who show great patience and knowing to take action at just the right time, in the right place and with the right people, you are indeed wonderful. Your challenge is simple, you may at times question your lens of intuition, perhaps your Inner Critic is having a good day or even days, weeks, months and oh, oh years, and you just sit back and watch as opportunities present themselves and you can’t pull the trigger.
Or, are you a Jumper, one of those A-Type personality people who just take a new idea and run with it, with little or no hesitation or planning? We admire those who have the focus, energy and hoots pa to just go for it! Your challenge is simple too, not being able to see the difficulty or roadblocks ahead until you are knee-deep in alligators and snakes which then coincides with your lost enthusiasm and the start of another great project, ya who!
So, because I am a coach, I get to ask some good questions and here they are:
- What type best describes your change implementation style, Planner, Opportunist or Jumper?
- Besides what I have noted above, what strengths can you add to your given style?
- What are the signs, feelings or attitude that tell you now is the time to go ahead?
- What generally tends to hold you back from taking action? For jumpers, what generally tends to promote action to occur prematurely?
- Reflect on a time when you started something feeling/thinking that this isn’t the ideal time and turned out just fine, what happened?
There is a reminder in my office, in fact, it’s on a yellow sticky note, that relates to today’s phrase and that is “Done is Better than Perfect.” At the end of the day, no matter if we are a Planner, Opportunist or Jumper, it is comforting to know that there is never an ideal time to start, just times when doing nothing doesn’t seem right either.
As always, I do encourage your comments and questions.
We become what we think about.