I’ve often been someone to say, “I’m just ready for…” love, happiness, a break—you name it! As life continues to go on and add new twists and turns, I’ve understood the need to prepare to be ready.
Yes, that’s right. As the Bible says, “so as you sow, shall you reap” (Galatians VI). Whatever you plant thus becomes your harvest. First comes preparation, and then comes readiness to reap.
Confidence is a great example. I’m also no stranger to the phrase, “If only I were more confident, then I would…” I’m not alone on this one. A lot of us have this equation wrong. Confidence builds by first doing the thing we are afraid of doing and consistently making efforts to step outside of that comfort zone. Only by preparing does our confidence build. Not the reverse.
In my experience, the hardest thing is not knowing when I’m ready to reap what I’ve sown. Sure, I may feel I’m ready for great things all the time. Yet, if I don’t set myself up for success, how can I expect great things? It just doesn’t add up.
How do you set yourself up for success? To get you started, you might begin asking: What am I preparing myself for? Is what I’m preparing for serving me or hurting me somehow? Am I planting the types of seeds I would like to water later on?