Like the picture above, I’m at a place with my coaching where certain elements are crystal clear and others are just beginning to come into focus. Ever since I found coaching 3 years ago, I knew that, without a doubt, I had found the vehicle to get my message out. The thing was, I just didn’t know what that message was or who it was supposed to reach. 3 months ago when it became clear to me that Cancer Patients were my people, there was this amazing sense of peace; a screeching halt to the non-stop searching I’d been engaging in for years. The message materialized magically from there and I knew that I did indeed have the engine to power my vehicle now.
Oddly, once I decided to accept the “calling” to be a Cancer Coach, something strangely unfamiliar showed up in my life, namely: Paralysis. Now fear I was familiar with, but this paralysis thing was an entirely new beast. It sweet-talked me into taking naps instead of working on programs. It whispered that there was “no rush” and then quickly changed tactics and made me feel overwhelmed.
This puzzled me because in the “World of Sarah” once I say yes to something and have a plan of action it’s really only a matter of weeks, if not days before I’ve manifested that thing and turned it from an idea into a reality. Lag time is non-existent in my world. So how to explain this inability to move forward with the thing I’ve been waiting forever to find??
It was only after talking this week with a mentor coach of mine that I was enlightened to a new way of looking at my perplexing behavior. She listened to me articulate the above and instantly responded, “Oh, of course. You’re simply getting ready to be ready!” I think I responded with something like “Come again? What the heck does that mean?”
She went on to explain that similar to having a baby, a major life choice can require a preparation period in advance. A gestation period, if you’d like. It is during this period that we make alterations in who we are being, so that we can consciously step up into the new path we have chosen. (ie: being a parent, coaching Cancer patients, etc.) It made perfect sense once she said it, because there really was no other explanation to justify this abnormal behavior. It also correlates with a common thing that frequently trips me up – failing to see value in “Being”.
As I’ve explained before, I’m a do-er. My family were do-ers too and at some point I created a belief that my time was only being spent valuably if I was do-ing. So you can imagine the tension that’s been inside me for the last 3 months since I knew exactly what I was supposed to be DO-ing, but could only seem to BE. It was insanely frustrating, to put it mildly!
Instead of continuing to beat myself up, I’ve decided to change my perspective and see this “Being” phase that I’m in as something of value. Just because I can’t SEE something happening, doesn’t mean that shifts aren’t taking place, right?!
I AM STATING THIS FOR THE RECORD: Starting today I will accept that I’m not ready yet (and be 100% OK with that)….. because, you see, I’m simply busy getting ready to be ready! And when I am finally READY, my actions are going to spark something that will be felt around the world… and that kind of impact, my friends, takes some time to get ready for!
Readers- Let me know what you think …. In what areas of your life are you “Getting Ready to Be Ready”? Is this a useful concept for you?