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How to Take More Risks

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Want to ditch your job to start a business? Or plan a wedding with your long-term fiance? Then why haven't you done it? My bet is that on some level, you're telling yourself "I'm not ready yet." That you're just a few more detailed lists, pretty Pinterest boards, or inquiring conversations away from being able to advance your agenda.

 

But if you're honest with yourself, you'll see that all of this so-called planning is really just procrastination in disguise. You're never going to feel 100 percent, rock-solid ready to dive into a project. Nobody does, not even those who seem to excel at everything. The trick is to train yourself to do some risk-taking before you're completely ready.

 

Think of it like working out. Showing up is hard, but a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Starting before you're ready shoves inertia's lazy butt out of your way and puts momentum on your side. So quit yappin' and make it—whatever it is—happen with these four steps.

 

 

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Get Clear
Wishy-washy goals lead to sputtering starts. Any good life or business coach will tell you this: The more precise and clear you can be, the better. You're not "saving money." You're putting $5,000 into an emergency fund by next December. If your project is concrete, you can take concrete steps to start it.

 

Marie Forleo inspires go-getters worldwide through MarieTV (marieforleo.com), her award-winning online talk show, and through B-School, an online business program she founded for modern entrepreneurs.

 

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Do Some Research
Starting before you're ready doesn't mean being ignorant. Draw up rough estimates about the time and money required for your project. Locate experts, websites, and resources that will help you move ahead. But just know that researching can become an abyss of procrastination—especially online. Stay focused and on task. Give yourself a set window of time (hello, iPhone timer!) to get in and get out.

 

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Say Peace Out to Perfection
It's go time! That means stop thinking and start moving. But beware: Trying to be perfect can quickly paralyze you. Whatever you're attempting, you're not going to be flawless from start to finish, but you will get better. Remember when you first put on eyeliner? It was a mess, and then you got the hang of it. Same thing here. Expect to make mistakes. You don't have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.

 

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Inch Forward
The fastest way to see progress is to set up face-to-face meetings—no more hiding behind books and websites. Want to renovate your kitchen? Make appointments with contractors. Looking to straighten out your retirement savings? Go see a financial planner. Spending some money can be motivating too. Commit your time, energy, and cash in a way that compels you to move forward, and before you know it, you'll have unstoppable momentum and real-life results.

 

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