Start Before You ARe ready

Sometimes we can get stuck in non-action: forever tinkering, preparing, gathering resources or credentials.

This is especial true if you have a teeny bit of a perfectionism habit, like yours truly.

The funny thing is: I never thought of myself as a perfectionist. And probably no one likes that label. But I met with a wonderful health coach last year who helped shine a light on this tendency. And he is right. I can seriously turn on the internal pressure– a habit which left unregulated can create real pain.

In addition to meditation and mind/body tools like tapping and aromatherapy I am always searching for new strategies for disrupting the inner pressure cooker.

One approach I have been trying lately is to let people in to my process aka to start before I’m ready. My ego would like to have a whole book — or at least a clever proposal– ready before I let anyone in on the opportunity I’m exploring. But the truth is whatever I end up creating will be better for the feedback I’m receiving.

And likewise my ego would like my new resource page to be gorgeous and to have every single eCourse and Meditation Challenge from the last 3 plus years all easy to access in one simple spot. And that remains the goal– but I received a lovely email this week which made me realize I’m ready to share the page, even as it is a work in progress.

Someone I knew from college was introduced to my blog just last week and yet she took the time to offer feedback to help with my book research.

Our email exchange made me remember that this resource page isn’t about me (and my desire it have it look just so) but it is for the Bird in Hand visitors as well as old friends who I want to be able to find things more easily.

So you can expect that resource page next week with several free guided meditations and other resources as well as my eCourses set up as self-study programs.

What about you? Is there any project you need to move forward with even if it isn’t perfect?

Or maybe there is a new habit, like meditating, that you would like to incorporate even though you haven’t yet found the perfect place in your schedule?

Go for it.

And keep me posted!



PS. Promising things out loud in a specific timeframe to people who will hold you accountable is a great way to start before you are ready! Post a comment here or send a quick email to to let me know what you are up to! xo

Photo Oct 01, 12 56 17 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at

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