How Do You Know When You're Really Ready

Written by Robert Imbriale

Recently, I hadrepparttar pleasure of spendingrepparttar 124117 afternoon with Les Brown, one ofrepparttar 124118 world's most prominent motivational speakers. I had flown out to Phoenix, Arizona to see Les and several other speakers share their knowledge in a one-day seminar put on by Summit Seminars (

Les Brown had this powerful little thing to say. "Go BEFORE You Are Ready."

When I heard that message, it caused me to stop and think about my own life. I remembered earlier this year havingrepparttar 124119 opportunity to take overrepparttar 124120 second floor ofrepparttar 124121 office building we lease for my company. Atrepparttar 124122 time, I really had no need for this extra space. I declinedrepparttar 124123 offer even though I knew how quickly my company was growing.

Well, 6 months later I am now looking for more office space! Just as I had felt, my company has grown and I have completely outgrown our current location! It's too late to take overrepparttar 124124 second floor. It's been rented to somebody else and they will be there forrepparttar 124125 next 5 years!

Often in my coaching sessions, I am asked about how to know when you are really ready to takerepparttar 124126 next step. In other words, is there really a "right" time to make your move, to take on a new challenge, to grow your business, to launch your new web site, or to propose marriage to your significant other?

Are there signs, or do you just get a "gut" feeling around aboutrepparttar 124127 time you need to take repparttar 124128 next step. For many of us, we get those gut feelings, and often times, we'll simply rationalize them away. We'll tell ourselves how many other things have to be lined up first before we can take that next step in our lives.

For some people, they may never take that next step! Instead, they tell themselves again and again how "someday" they will have what they want; yet they do all they can to avoid moving even one step forward. Are you starting to see why so many talented people never becomerepparttar 124129 successes they could be?


Written by Bob McElwain

Fear is funny stuff. Onrepparttar one hand, it keeps us from climbing too high inrepparttar 124116 tree. And from walking too close torepparttar 124117 edge ofrepparttar 124118 cliff. When fear cautions of such things, it pays to listen attentively.

But onrepparttar 124119 other hand, fear can smother curiosity, creativity, and many other positive attributes essential to us all. While it is not commonly noted, fear is one reason many balk atrepparttar 124120 mere thought of learning most anything. For some, this fear is so strong they refuse to accept any new idea or to even consider a better way of doing anything.

Fear Is Rational

Suppose you discover something new today you know is absolutely true. You are certain beyond a doubt that it is so. It may mean you need to reevaluate *all* your cherished attitudes, values and convictions.

In short, a new idea can compel one to make changes. While they are unlikely to amount to a new lifestyle, some old habits may need to be replaced with new ones. Some attitudes may need to be updated. And some values may need to be adjusted a bit. For many, such needs are too frightening to even consider.

Thus they shun such risk. They avoid learning and any activity which might present new ideas. They tend to remain set in their ways, and don't want to change much of anything.

Yet Success Requires Learning

Any business, offline or online, either continues to grow, else it stagnates, and ultimately withers and dies. To continue to succeed, there is no option but to grow. Yet growth and learning are intertwined. There will be no growth without new ideas to be explored and implemented.

This is not an acceptable proposition to many new to business. Particularly onrepparttar 124121 Web, there seems to be a tendency to create a business, then focus on keeping it running as well as possible. While this may generate some income, it does not lead to more, for it does not lead to growth.

Fear As A Brick Wall

Suppose you discover through testing on your website that a navigation bar acrossrepparttar 124122 top of your page draws better than one inrepparttar 124123 left column. Suppose page views double, indicating many more people are exploring much more of your site. And that sales increase.

Possibly for years, you have "known" a navigation bar torepparttar 124124 left isrepparttar 124125 only way to go. How do you deal with this new information? Ignore it? You can, of course. And oddly enough, some will. Why?

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