When is the Last Time you did Something for the First Time?

No certification, training, book, or program will determine if you are ready to take the next step in anything.

In 2012, I was asked to speak in front of 100 agents at a top Midwest insurance agency. This was not only a top-notch insurance agency with explosive growth, but this was an agency I previously worked for from 2000–2004.

That meant several of the attendees in the audience would be my peers and former co-workers. Many of these peers were highly successful and had acted as mentors for me when I started my insurance career. What in the world could I possibly offer them that they didn’t already know? How would I add value to them?

Although I had a life long wish to become a speaker and command the stage, I had never done it before. I was scared to death and a huge part of me told myself that I simply was not ready. I thought about telling the event organizer that I wouldn’t be able to speak that day, but I knew I couldn’t miss out on this opportunity. So I agreed and committed to speak to the group.

I prepared as best I could and delivered a solid presentation. Afterwards, some of my peers who I was most nervous about congratulated and thanked me for the presentation. It was far from perfect, yet far better than I initially imagined.

Looking back at this event almost five years ago, I realized I learned a powerful lesson that day.

You will never be ready, but you must always be willing.

When you want something bad enough, there will be times when you will have to act in faith and confidence even when you think you are not ready.

What things are you waiting for?

I’m guessing there are some things in your life and in your business that you have put off because you didn’t feel you were ready. Maybe it is due to the fear of failure, or maybe it’s due to lack of confidence. Regardless, at some point, to grow, you will have to begin to do things before you feel you are fully equipped and ready.

My mentor asked a fabulous question on a recent phone call. He said, “When is the last time you did something for the first time?”

This question stopped me in my tracks. Think about that statement for a moment and look at your own life.

There is nothing wrong with getting another certification, going to a training program, or reading a book. Not only to I endorse those things, it’s how I now earn a living.

However, sometimes you have jump before you think you are ready. You can either step off the end of the ledge willing to bet on you, or you can stand there paralyzed and slowly walk back asking yourself, “What if?” How long will you be standing on the ledge? 

Paul Martinelli says, “You are either stepping forward into growth or retreating into safety.” I think he is 100% correct.

Let me be clear, you will never be ready, but that doesn’t mean you never start. As John Maxwell states, “Nobody ever got ready by waiting. You only get ready by starting.”

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