As I talk with people about my new group coaching experience, “Creating What’s Next,” I am noticing a distinction that is becoming more and more obvious.
The distinction is between being ready for something, and being ready to be ready.
An example of this is when you are not actively looking for job, but then a recruiter calls and suddenly you are all ears.
You really want this to be the right thing. You want it to work.
Because you are ready to be ready.
If you were truly ready, you would have already updated your resume. You’d be networking, and interviewing. You’d be actively creating whatever you wanted to create next.
Being ready moves you into that uncomfortable zone. Because truly being ready means you accept the fact that you don’t what is going to happen next. You don’t know how it’s going to work out. And yet you are taking action anyway. You are in the act of creating.
Most people never admit to themselves that they are ready, for that very reason. They don’t want to step into the unknown. It’s too uncomfortable. It’s too scary.
But are they ready to be ready? Are they willing to entertain offers? Are they willing to make a change if it is easy and not too uncomfortable?
Early in my coaching career, I talked to someone for whom every job change had been because a recruiter called. She had never initiated her own search.
What had she given up in that? She had ended up with a series of very similar, uninspiring roles at uninspiring companies. She had made essentially no career advancement, despite her obvious talent, in over twenty years.
What are you giving up?
When you are ready to be ready, you are willing to sign up for someone else’s idea of what is best for you.
When you are actually ready, you are ready to own what you want to create. Even if you don’t yet know what that is or how it will work out.
If you and I have a conversation, I can tell pretty quickly how close to ready you are. If you are ready for someone else to save you, imagine how much more powerful it will be if you save yourself.
With a group of people who are all working toward the creating the same thing—the highest, most powerful version of themselves that they are currently capable of.