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"Stop Getting Ready to Get Ready!"

Planning. Researching. Inhaling information; waiting for the right time to make a move.

Yes, preparation is important. But sometimes, too much assessing & information gathering is really just procrastination. Or even avoidance. In either case, it’s in the way of action. Sometimes, you need to get out of your head so you can see the signs around you, and start taking action toward your next best thing.

At our December RSP Happy Hour, guest speaker Jamie Adam Taets, founder and CEO of business consulting firm Keystone Group International, challenged each of us to stop getting ready to get ready — and to take note of all the signs around us that it’s time to spark a fire.

For Jamie, her sign to move to a new path was the recurring rumble strips she kept hitting in her former corporate role. A periodic, vibrating sense that something wasn’t right — the impact she wanted to have wasn’t happening; the opportunities were no longer exciting. So she made an entrepreneurial move, one that — like those rumble strips — she felt in her bones was the right one.

Want to sponge up some of Jamie’s bias to action? Here are her top four tips to finding your own oomph today, and into 2022.

  1. Filter the noise. Most of it comes from people who love you most, but who likely have a different tolerance for risk. Don’t follow through on their fears … follow through on what your gut has to say.

  2. Stop getting ready to get ready. Just start making shit happen. There will never be a perfect time to make a change. Doesn’t have to be a massive leap all at once — but start taking steps.

  3. The universe sends clues. Keep your eyes open every day. There is a reason we all joined Happy Hour this month — something drew us together.

  4. Thank the suck. Because that sucky part? It’s what will drive you.

As Jamie shared, find “your 87-cent moment” — like her friend, when he saw he had 87 cents in the bank, vowed to never be there again. It shifted everything for him.

So whether you have 87 cents left or are feeling the rumble strips in your own day job or are starting to see patterns or breadcrumbs from the universe, sit with it. Listen to it. Then do what it’s telling you to do.

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