Given that I’ve published so much, I meet people who say, “I want to write. But, I need to wait for a good time to write.” Or, they say they need an outline or permission from someone—a boss or a spouse.
I can be pretty sure about one thing: these people will never write anything. The moons will not align, providing them time or inspiration or permission.
I meet people who say, “I want to go agile. I want to help my company go agile. But I need to wait until the time is right.”
What would cause it to be the right time? I ask, and these people are often not sure.
I often meet managers who say that they want to provide an opportunity for some specific person to take responsibility. But, they say, they need to wait. They need to wait until that person proves him or herself, or for the exact right opportunity to arise. Or, until they can provide that person a raise to go along with the new responsibilities.
People can’t prove themselves without opportunity. Managers don’t often provide raises until you’ve proven you can do the work. How can people prove themselves or take the responsibility if the manager is waiting for something?
All of these people are waiting for the right time. Here’s the problem: the right time will never come. The right time doesn’t exist.
These people are waiting for something that cannot happen.
If you want to do something, try something small as an experiment.
Don’t ask for permission. That’s another form of waiting.
Start small and manage the risks.
Consider these options:
- Start writing with a small timebox of 10 or 15 minutes each day. See where you go.
- Start with yourself, working in timeboxes and managing your work in progress.
- Ask the person who wants more responsibility what they think they can do from all the work you have. Define the work, ask when to check in, and let them fly.
Measure your results and decide what to do next.
What are you waiting for?