How to unveil a new theory, philosophy or project, proudly — even if it’s not “ready” yet.

(Also: what “ready” really means. ‘Cause it’s not what you think.)

 
 

The word “ready” has its roots in the Old English ræde, meaning “ordered + arranged.”

 
Which is interesting.

Because somewhere along the etymological line, we’ve drifted away from that original meaning. Instead, we’ve started using the word “ready” as a synonym for “perfect.”

When we say:

“Don’t look — it’s not ready!” or “I can’t talk about it yet — I’m not ready!”

What we (usually) mean is:

“Don’t look — it’s not perfect!” or “I can’t talk about it yet — I’m not perfect!”

And statements like that are undeniably sucky + creativity-squelching.

So.

I vote that we bring back the original meaning of the word “ready” — and keep it that way.

 
Because “ready” is good. “Ready” is solid. “Ready” is totally respectable. All systems go!

With that said, onto some practical lingo …

Here’s a script to help you reveal your latest theory, philosophy or project — and invite folks to see it / dig it / try it / love it, too.

 
Even if it’s not perfect.

Even if it’s not pristine.

Even if {fill-in-the-blank}.

Because waiting forevvvvver doesn’t make you better. Just later.

 

 

Hey.

Have you ever struggled to figure out how to ________________?

Me too. And then I had this neat idea.

What if it was as simple as ________________?

That idea stuck with me.

And then, after a few cycles of trial + error, it bloomed into an even better idea: ________________.

Over time, that even-better-idea turned into a new game / program / class / spiritual practice / philosophy that I call: ________________.

It’s not completely perfect.
But it’s perfectly complete.
And it’s ready for public consumption.

So: I’d love to invite YOU to beta-test it, with me.

Here’s what to do next: ________________.

(And here’s what’ll happen when you say YES: ________________.)

Thank you for your willingness to play + explore.

Ready. Set. Whoa.
And awaaaaay we go!

 

 

XO.

Fill-in-the-blank, if you please:

“Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to announce / unveil / start publicly talking about __________________. Like, today.”

 
 

Comments

Right when I needed to hear it. Love it, girl!

“Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to start publicly talking about __the book I’m working on__. Like, today.”

I needed this post.

“Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to start publicly talking about the storytelling workshop I’m working on. Like, today.”

Did you write this for me today?

Whoah to “hitting a nerve”.

Thank you.

Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to start publicly talking about “The Holistic Approach to Web Design” Like, today. The script is perfect Alex, Thank you!

Tell me about it Theressa!

Alexis on May 8, 2013 Reply

You are ready. Even if you’re not. http://t.co/fS0p50UNJt via @Alex_Franzen

Yes. I need this – I always need to remind myself ‘perfect is the enemy of done’. Thanks for the brilliant script!

Wow, what synchronicity. Today, I launched my Propeller Career Strategy Sessions for social entrepreneurs and change-makers. It’s not perfect, but man, it’s out there in the world. (& I’ve already got a handful of solid leads) Here’s to launching :)

This is the absolute truth. I love it! “@Alex_Franzen: You are ready. Even if you’re not. http://t.co/bCb2oIhech”

You’re so right! Ready is not about perfect – I needed that reminder. Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to start talking about __the great work I’m doing for other small business owners___ and the workshop/package__ that I’m putting together. Beta-testers wanted! Details to follow very soon. . .

“Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to start publicly talking about my new “Own” Your Social Media Strategy Sessions I’ve just launched. Like, today.” Thanks SO much, Alex! xo

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to start publicly talking about – announce – Fruition Fund. Funding. For good. Today.
Thnak for the script that will help me launch it, even though it’s not perfect – it’s perfect!

Ginny on May 12, 2013 Reply

Thank you Alexandra – psychic as always. Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to talk about Sparkletonic.com. Like, today.
(you”ll see Ms Franzen’s name there more than once!) ; )

Liz Eastwood Lehman on May 13, 2013 Reply

*sigh* It’s finding posts like this that kick my day off on such a I’m-ready-to-conquer-my-little-corner-of-cyberland note!

I’m so happy to have found this site…and you :)

Oh wow. As always you know what I need! “Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to announce / unveil / start publicly talking about the Stretch & Play Online Facilitator Training course. Like, today.” I have worked on it for MONTHS (and thought about it for YEARS before that) and finally it’s READY!

Even though it’s not, and I’m not, perfect, I am ready to announce that bedtime can be a joyful, connecting time between you and your child, and I am ready to help you achieve that.

You’re fabulous.

Tobey on May 14, 2013 Reply

“Even though it’s not perfect, I’m ready to announce / unveil / start publicly talking about _my online courses_. Like, today.”

OMG, just in time for me! Loved this post – kinda like a kick in the butt. ;-)

Thanks,

Ursula

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