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May 11, 2006

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Max Leibman

Boy, you hit the clock on the head with the "what 'the right time' looks like" idea--the problem with "Now's not the right time," is that it's often true, but if it is true, the idea that there is a right time is implied. If now's not the right time, shouldn't we have the time to figure out what the right time will be, so we know it when we see it?

The other nice thing is that dealing with all "not the right time" feelings as though they were the first case can actually make the second case (procrastination) go away--I find that when I want to put something off, if I ask the "why" questions (why is now wrong? Why will then be better?) I have greater confidence that I'll succeed when the "then" time comes. It keeps putting something off once from becoming putting things off indefinitely.

Whitney

Your comments are spot-on correct. I would add one tip, from personal experience. If you're dealing with Case #1 -- it really *is* not the right time to start something -- I would dump all your reasons out of your brain and onto a piece of paper.

In cases where you have legitimate reasons for not doing something new now, your list of current reasons becomes something of an LRR checklist (Launch Readiness Review) for that time in the future when you reassess whether that point is the right time to start your new endeavor. You may still not be able to start something six months from now -- but you'll likely be able to cross some "reasons why not" off your list. And if you can do that, you can prove to yourself that you're making progress by way of small steps.

The other advantage to doing a braindump of your reasons "why not" is that if there IS any not-immediately-evident fear underlying your reasons, you can get it out in the open and start tackling it. Sometimes, when you just mull things over in your head, and never write them down, it's easy for stuff to get buried and stay buried.

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