Is there a perfect time to get started?
Maybe you’ve been sitting on an amazing idea for months but you’re afraid to act on it prematurely. As the keeper of a precious idea, it’s natural to wonder when is the perfect time to start making your idea come to life. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot sooner than you think.
Before we dive into our query of perfect timing, we may ask this question for different reasons such as:
genuine concern for the future of your idea. Asking questions such as this ensures that you are setting yourself up for success.
procrastination or fear of failure. If you find yourself saying, “I haven’t started because I’m waiting for the perfect time” as a way to evade the responsibility of kickstarting your idea or shielding yourself from the threat of failure, I recommend that you check out other resources to help you combat those feelings. Listed at the end of this article are a few resources that you may find helpful.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one”
- Mark Twain
The truth is, once you have an idea and you begin thinking about it, you’ve already started! The real question is: when is the best time to keep going? Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If you are not preparing, then you run the risk of missing the opportunity. Allow me to introduce you to the word, “Kairos”, which will become your new favorite word.
Kairos is far more than the title of your favorite ancient Greek movie. It is actually an ancient Greek term that translates to the opportune moment for decisive action. Let that sink in. The perfect time to start preparing is right now, that way when your Kairos moment arrives you can take it.
If it seems overwhelming to get started, just try to do the bare minimum, even if it’s just for 5 minutes a day so that you continue moving forward. A great place to start is by asking yourself “What can I do to work toward my dream today?” and be as realistic with your answer as possible. Let’s not be afraid to take things slow. Getting started doesn’t mean rushing through. Oftentimes, we get excited about our idea and we want things done as fast as possible, but moving in the right direction with strategy while taking things one step at a time can be quite rewarding.
If it seems like your Kairos moment is taking forever to come, it can be discouraging, but if you remain diligent, and keep working towards your goal, you will be ready to seize the moment when the time comes.
How to overcome the fear of failure:
How to stop procrastinating:
A Talk about Kairos: Kairos Living in a Chronos World | Donna Marie Duffy | TEDxWilmingtonWomen - YouTube