How will I know if I'm ready?

It's the question we ask ourselves time and time again, as we prepare to step up to the plate, take on a fresh challenge and venture out in to the unknown - am i ready?

In a circle of girl friends, chatting about all facets of life from love and relationships to family, careers, fitness, adventures and more, you're bound to hear one person pose a question to the group, collectively - "Girls, how will I know if I'm ready... [for this job, for this relationship, for this trip, for this course of study, for this move interstate, etc]? Every one around the group will chime in with their two cents - "You'll know when you know", says one friend. "If you're asking that question, then maybe you're not ready at all!" Chimes in another friend. "You should feel excited, not scared!" Says another.

But what does 'ready' feel like anyway?

Is 'ready' the absence of fear, no butterflies in your stomach? Is 'ready' confirmation from a mentor or trusted friend?  Is 'ready' feeling like you could conquer the world? Is ready a simple peace?

Which one of these feelings is 'ready'? I don't know!

Will you ever truly be 'ready'? I don't think so!

There's a beautiful quote by Martin Luther King Jnr that I absolutely adore.

I often feel like saying, when I hear the question 'people aren't ready', that it's like telling a person who is trying to swim, 'don't jump in that water until you learn how to swim'. When actually you will never learn how to swim until you get in the water.

Wow. Wow. Wow! Girl, great people do things before they even know how to do them. Great people do things before they're even ready to. Let those words sit, and sink deep into your soul.

You might be thinking, 'how does this apply to me'? Well, let me show you how. In a moment, close your eyes and picture a dream you really want to see fulfilled. Then open your eyes. Do this now!

OK, so you've done that? Good! I'm here to remind you that you need to dream even bigger! Did you know there is a God who can do far more than you could ever hope or imagine? He can exceed your wildest dreams. And He's the one who goes before you... even when you don't feel ready!

You might never know that you're really good at something unless you give that something a go. And vice versa, you might never know that something is so not for you unless you give it a go! And if you fail, then you will no doubt learn some invaluable lessons along the way that will prepare you for the future. Remember, nothing is wasted!

You could study more, work harder, chat to more people about your situation, and still not feel ready. But if you have dreams that keep tugging away at your heart strings, then be comforted in the knowledge that they're there for a reason.

Girl, you're going to do great things. While you may not feel ready, it's time to step out of your comfort zone and into the unknown - the place where your dreams can become a reality.

Stop focusing on being ready, and start to BE already.