Ready is a Myth

When was the last time you felt completely prepared, fully equipped and totally supplied with everything you needed for a big endeavor? When was the last time you really felt ready?

Maybe I should rephrase that: Have you ever felt completely, unequivocally ready?

No? Well, then what’s wrong with you?! Everyone launching out into the next big thing knows they should wait until they’re completely ready before they move forward, right?

Yeah, I wish… As a project manager and Type-A personality, I would love to find that place of complete preparation. Unfortunately, I think that place is at the end of a rainbow with a pot of gold and a herd of unicorns. I’ve never felt completely ready before launching something new.

Does that mean we chuck all planning out the window and just wing it? No, that approach almost guarantees disaster. Planning and careful preparation are still important, but we can’t place all our confidence in our ability to predict every possible scenario. This is where the powerful combination of faith and planning comes into play. Anytime we feel God leading us in a new direction – whether that’s launching a church, starting a ministry program, or other big change – we need to combine our faith in Him and His provision with using the incredible mind He’s given us to think through the challenges ahead and plan accordingly.

“Okay, that sounds nice and all but what does that really look like?”

I’m glad you asked!

Here are five key steps to moving forward with your vision:

Step #1: Pray

Don’t sprint out of the gate without first checking in with your Heavenly Father. Lay this idea at His feet and ask for wisdom.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5

Step #2: Seek out wise counsel

God equips each of us with different talents and abilities. Seek out advice from people you trust to give you the unfiltered truth. Talk with people with different skills, abilities, and opinions than you. Listen carefully to their input, even when it stings. It’s best to have someone poke holes in your idea now when it’s easier to prevent potential issues.

“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” – Proverbs 11:14.

 Step #3: Build a team

Any significant vision will require more than one person to achieve. Start building a team of people with various skillsets who’re excited about this idea. For example: If you break out into hives just thinking about a to-do list, get a planner involved who can help your team stay on-track.

Step #4: Implement

This is where the hard work really starts and your team executes the plan. This step takes the longest amount of time and is where most teams lose momentum. Your job is to constantly remind them of the vision to motivate and encourage.

Step #5: Celebrate

Once you’ve launched or completed a major implementation phase, celebrate the win. Throw a party; give your team an afternoon off, etc. Don’t let this moment go by without acknowledging the effort that went into making it happen.

I truly enjoy creating and implementing a plan. Checking tasks off a long list is very satisfying to me. However, as much as I love planning, I also know that no plan is perfect. There are always adjustments needed along the way as unexpected stuff happens. Leaning fully on my ability to plan would be foolish. Leaning fully on simply a hope that this vision will become reality is just as unwise. Seeking wisdom from God and trusted advisors, building a team, working diligently together to achieve our goals, and celebrating the win is much more effective. You may never feel completely ready, but with this combination of efforts that’s actually okay.

How do you handle not feeling fully prepared?