How often do you feel pressure to reach a milestone faster than either you know you will? Or faster than you want to?
At this week’s meet-up, I had a conversation about timing. One of the attendees was talking about how things have been slow to get in motion and she probably could have pushed it more, but with everything going on in her life, it didn’t feel right or natural to do that. And she didn’t feel as confident a year ago to do then what she’s prepping for now.
And I completely agree! I’ve been coaching for two years now (which it doesn’t seem like that long AT ALL) and I’m nowhere near where I want to be. But I am where I’m supposed to be – does that make sense? I’m going as fast as I have been able to and as fast as I’m comfortable with.
When I started, I had so much to learn and do in order to feel organized and professional. Not only did I spend loads of time prepping my site and getting clear on my vision, but I spent hours in coaching classes, hours providing free coaching and mastermind groups, and hours worrying about my credentials. Maybe I didn’t need to spend so much time on those steps, but I will argue that it helped me get in the best place I could be in order to be an effective coach. I had to start somewhere.
I then had good movement in the business. But pitching myself to be on podcasts or publications somewhere slowed because of a new baby, maternity leave, life. And that was ok. I loved every minute of that. And I slowly kept moving forward anyway.
But fitting everything in is hard. I’m actually falling asleep right now on a Friday night writing this. 😉 Yet I’m drawn to this work and I’m going to keep moving forward no matter what.
And that’s what my friend is doing. She’s moving forward and feeling more comfortable with each and every step. Her products are going to be the better for it too.
Learning. Preparation. Confidence. Those all take so much time. But women want to put their best foot forward. We want to be as knowledgeable as possible. We want to put forward a polished product. And that’s ok because you’ll start with an exceptionally strong base which will catapult you further from the get-go.
The trick is to keep moving, though, and not allow yourself to become paralyzed by too much overpreparation.
Are you moving forward toward your professional goals, no matter the pace? Write me and let me know what your goals are and how you’re going about it. I’ll be looking for your reply!