Have you ever felt like you need to do just ‘one more thing’ so you can get something right? Sometimes it’s a sign that you don’t feel ready for the next step. Here’s how to handle that.

You want everything to look good when you put something out in public for others to see. You want to look polished when you give that fantastic presentation. You want to know exactly what to say when you talk to your boss about a promotion.

Everything’s got to be organized, and looking like you know exactly what you’re doing.

I’ve been there.

I’ve spent countless hours reworking emails, redoing Powerpoint presentations and rehearsing what to say, how to say it, and when to say it.

I lost myself in the details because it made me feel like I moving forward. But, really, I was just running around in circles.

If you’re the kind to:

  • constantly go back and revise, even though you’ve already done that tenfold.
  • take just one more class because you don’t feel like you don’t know enough yet.
  • hide behind movement and pretend it’s progress just so you don’t have to face something new.

Then you know what I’m talking about.

It’s this never-ending race to put the best of us out there and leave everything else in the dark until it’s ‘ready’. But ‘ready’ may never come.

I have another option for you.

Just move forward with everything you are. You’re brilliant and you’re imperfect. And both are amazing.

People shine most brightly when they show everything: their polished side and their rough edges. It’s what makes you you.

Embrace it. Revel in it, and go.

Apply for that job, even if you don’t think you’re ready. Someone else might think you’re perfect for the position.

Go for that promotion because you might be the best person for it.

Give that presentation with what you have. People need the info you have.

Launch that business you’ve been aching to try. There are people already looking for you.

Say “YES” to something that’s out of your comfort zone. It might be easier than you think.

After you get out of your own way, there’s no one left to stop you.

So, go and put yourself out there. Just take that first step and with an open heart, see where your adventure takes you.