Things are moving fast. We’re already a few days into April 2021, the so-called bounce back year.
If you’re one of those business owners who has some ideas you’re waiting to deploy or a project you’re almost ready to launch, today’s post is especially for you. It’s based on an email I received from a reader and contains a very valuable lesson.
The reader said that they were almost ready to start a new business. That everything is in place and they’re now waiting for the right time.
Here’s an excerpt from the email: “[…] I’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on a new business since 2014 but things have been hectic to say the least. I’m hoping things settle down now so I can get started. I’m a perfectionist so things need to be just right.“
Now 7 years later, that new business is still just an idea.
The perfect time to start
The problem with waiting for the perfect moment is that it never comes. Perfection is elusive and fleeting. That’s because business, and life in general, is a series of challenges. Challenges that we need to overcome. As these challenges are resolved, we learn from them and are better equipped to resolve the next one. And even if you were to find a magical moment where everything was just perfect, one unexpected phone call or some unexpected news and everything changes.
Whether people are aware of it or not, the decision to wait for the perfect time is a stalling tactic. An excuse. Albeit a super-effective excuse. Super-effective? Yes, it gives us permission to do nothing, indefinitely, because the perfect time never comes.
Here’s what we know: The most successful people in business are those who take action. Not the talkers, not the tellers, but the doers. That’s great news. Why? Because whilst many things in business are out of your control, taking action isn’t one of them.
- Do the research.
- Check the numbers.
- Seek out the advice and feedback you need.
- Put a plan together.
- Then set a launch date.
And stick to it.