What to do if you don’t feel ready yet.

Unmistakable Creative Nikki Groom

I’d been following Srini online for almost 10 years.

I’ve always been a fan of his podcast, but I never pitched myself as a guest because I’d always tell myself,

“I’m not ready yet.”

…I’d crossed the Atlantic ocean to start a new life.

…I’d quit my day job to take my business full time.

…I’d booked myself out with copywriting clients for months at a time.

But I STILL didn’t think I was ready.

I was afraid I didn’t have anything to say.

I respected Srini. I looked up to him.

Truth be told, I probably put him on a bit of a pedestal. He was featuring a lot of the people I looked up to and admired, and I still felt like a newbie in a lot of ways.

And then one day, I came across an article online.

The author explained that “I’m not ready yet” is actually a self-sabotaging belief. It’s an excuse we tell ourselves that prevents us from moving forward.

That was a real “a-ha!” moment for me.

In that moment, I decided that, every time “I’m not ready yet” popped into my head, I would flip it on its head and replace it with:

“I’m ready now.”

It was amazing how powerful that simple shift felt.

When Srini emailed me about his new book and asked if I’d have him back on the Movement Makers podcast, I realized I had an opportunity.

I asked him:

What are the chances of you having me on The Unmistakable Creative?

He replied and said,

“Yeah, I’d be up for that.”

His email stopped me in my tracks.

10 years, and here I was finally making the ask I’d always wanted to make, but that I’d been telling myself (repeatedly) that I wasn’t ready for.

In the run-up to our scheduled call, I often worried, “Am I ready yet?”

It was like I needed to soothe the fearful voice in my head by letting it know,

“Hey—you know, it’s really okay! You can relax. I’ve got this.”

We recorded the interview last week, it aired this week…

And I’m so excited to share it with you!

You can listen to the episode here (or wherever you listen to podcasts—just search “Unmistakable Creative”).

What I like MOST about our conversation is that Srini asked me questions no one has ever asked me during an interview before—I had to really walk my talk in terms of opening up and giving myself permission to be fully seen.

My friend Dave—a former Unmistakable Creative guest—had suggested,

“Start with the most vulnerable thing.”

And so that’s what I did. I didn’t hold back, and we covered it all—my upbringing and the impact it had on me, my relationship with creativity growing up, and the bumpy start to my career I rarely tell anyone about.

We also talked about how you can find and own your story and use it to move your cause forward, why I believe your story is worth telling—no matter how many people it reaches—and much, much more.

It would mean the world to me if you listened to the episode, and shared it with anyone you think might like to hear it.

In the meantime, is there an area of your life or business where you’ve been telling yourself, “I’m not ready yet?”

If so, practice replacing that with:

“I’m ready now.”

You’ll be amazed at the impact that one simple shift can make.


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