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Are You Ready Enough?

As we welcome the new month, we also begin a new time of the year. New evokes opportunity, change, and growth. Time can feel expansive or limiting. What will time be like for you? Do you ever feel like you're not ready? Do you feel like it's not yet your time to do, to try, or to get out there?


“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

 - Albert Einstein


Is fear or lack of confidence holding you back?

  • Maybe you don’t feel ready for organizing your paper piles.
  • Maybe you don’t feel ready to say “yes” to a job with more responsibility.
  • Maybe you don’t feel ready to volunteer.
  • Maybe you don’t feel ready to try something outside your comfort zone.
  • Maybe you don’t feel ready to . . . (fill in the blank).


Here’s the good news. Time helps us get ready, though we might not realize it at first. The “ready” can involve acquiring new skills or making a gentle perspective shift. We’re never 100% ready for venturing towards uncertainty. However, there’s a good chance that we’re ready enough. Know the power of taking small steps. Acknowledge your previous challenges and successes. These prepare you, so when the time comes, you’ll be ready enough.

This past week, I attended the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) conference in Phoenix where professional organizers from around the globe gathered to learn and exchange ideas about our industry. While there, I was invited to speak in Japan at the JALO (Japanese Association of Life Organizers) conference. I’ve never traveled to or presented in that part of the world. While I don’t have all the details worked out, time prepared me to be ready enough to say, “Yes” to this wonderful, exciting opportunity.How does time prepare you? What does ready enough look like? What becomes possible with a perspective shift?

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What an interesting perspective is "ready enough?"

What helps each of us feel that we can tackle whatever we set out to do?

For me it was a combination of preparation meets opportunity, as well as using strengths that come naturally to me. That preparation can include education, life skills and time. It can be finding partners that help us make the leap too.

As always, thanks for providing thoughtful awareness for us all.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- How wonderful to "see" you here! It was such a treat getting to hang out and talk in person this past week at the NAPO conference.

Love how you mesh preparation meeting opportunity. You have a great "prep bundle" including acknowledgment of your strengths, education, learned skills, time, and partnering with others. A powerhouse to bring you to "ready enough."

June 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Absolutely the BEST to meet you in person and spend some time together at the NAPO conference. You will be a rockstar at JALO!

Sometimes the very experiences we consider obstacles turn out to have been the training ground for what was up next. That's why I'm a big fan of just going through the "next" door, even if we aren't sure where it will ultimately lead. One door doesn't feel very intimidating. The amazing thing is, a series of doors can take us a very long and beautiful distance!

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

First of all, congratulations on your invitation to speak at Japan.
Time and confidence build up the right moment to do certain things. I know what you mean about not feeling ready enough, because when we dream a lot, often is that taking those dreams and seeding them into the ground to watch them grow, cause us fear of breaking their delicate structure and we choose not to disturbe them. But in our hearts and minds an alarm reminds when's the right moment and we can not snooze it, so we must take the chance and do it preventing the moment to fade away.
Is just matter of watching and listen carefully the signs and as Ellen says being prepared.
I also agree with Seana taking one door at a time.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

To follow on Seana's door analogy. Consider that going through the door is a part of the 'getting ready' process. So many of my clients separate the preparation from the experience building a giant obstacle (or big deadbolt on the door) between the two. Step through, take the action then let the action inform your continued preparation because really... are we ever completely ready?

I've learned it's the journey (stepping through doors) and not the destination.

Congrats on the Japan opportunity, Linda. Sorry to miss you at NAPO this year.


June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCameron Gott

You know the expression "he might not be mister right, but he's mister right now?" Sometimes you just have to do the "right now" and learn from the experience, it might turn out better than you thought. Better that, than never trying in the first place.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Can you see the big smile on my face? So appreciative for all the treasures and words of support you've shared!

@Seana- What a joy seeing you in person! And bonus that we got to hang out a bit too. Loved our lunch with Ellen and conversation about blogging and more. Thanks for your vote of confidence about JALO. Love what you say about going through the next door, even without knowing what's on the other side. You just step through without thinking too hard and "next" will become apparent. Beautiful!

@Nacho- Thanks for your good wishes. Being ready enough is about planting the seeds so when our time comes, we're ready to sow. We watch for the signs, as you said and then take a leap of faith to move forward, even without knowing what will unfold.

@Cam- Love the expanded view of Seana's door analogy. Instead of that door being a locked obstacle, embrace it as part of the journey. That passage through is the action needed to bring us to the next step. Missed seeing you at NAPO. Got to hang out with Denslow and other wonderful Coach Approach people. What a great group! Thanks for your support about the Japan trip. Excited!

@Jill- I actually have never heard that phrase about "mister right now." I love it! It fits so beautifully with the conversation. It encourages us to move forward even when we're unsure, even when we haven't figured out all the pieces, even when we're saying "yes" to something unfamiliar. It's an opportunity for learning. And you never know what wonderful things can come from a "yes."

June 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Must add more colorful language to this already colorful dialogue. "The Other Side of 'Ready Enough'" could be a faulty activator or not knowing when to stop. It can be really hard to shift from preparation to action and back. Try this metaphor on for size. Position a mini-trampoline on one side of the 'door' and a nice soft landing pad on the other. Doesn't that make going through the door a lot more appealing? Oh yeah... remember to open the door first (commitment). I have a few 'bruised noses' over the years!

June 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCameron Gott

@Cam- I'm a huge fan of colorful language…so bring it on! Thank you for providing us with creative ways for getting through the door…and remembering to open it in the first place. Love the trampoline idea. It conjures up images of joyful bouncing, making the journey forward a happy one, especially so with that "soft landing pad" on the other side.

June 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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