Here is what most people do. They decide they are going to do something. They get excited about and tell some people about this project they are working on. The only problem is that the project never gets introduced to the world. Why? Because they don’t understand what it means to ready, fire, aim.

Don’t worry; I won’t let that happen to you. My dad gave me a few books when I was in high school days, and they changed my life, and I did not even know it. Those books were  The Alchemist, Richest Man in Babylon, Rich Dad Poor Dad and Ready Fire Aim.

Ready, Fire, Aim is the three-step method to ensure that you never procrastinate again. When a sniper goes to shoot someone they always ready, aim, and then they fire last and they should. The stakes are life and death in those cases. They are not life and death for you most of the time. Knowing that, you need to stop making excuses and take action. 

Don’t waste time aiming. You are not perfect, and you won’t make anything perfect until you get it out to the world.

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Get Ready But Not Too Ready ?

I would never say that you should dive into something before doing any preparation. All things take different amounts of time to get ready for, so there is no concrete timeline. You should have enough knowledge to start with a bit of confidence.

You can’t try and be too ready, and here is why. The best learning comes from doing. You can watch golf swings on YouTube all day and read books about it. None of those things will make your swing as good as going to the green and swinging the damn club.

You can’t spend all your time getting ready. Getting ready looks like this:

  • Reading books

  • Finding and reading articles online

  • Talking to friends

  • Getting advice

  • Working with mentors

  • Taking courses

All the things listed above are good. They become obstacles when you do them longer than you should. You see this with school all o the time now. People will go out and get their masters as a way to delay having to take action.

  • Stop Wasting So Much Time Getting Ready
  • Let Experience Be Your Teacher

Aim LATER ?

Don’t waste time aiming. You are not perfect, and you won’t make anything perfect until you get it out to the world. Habit Stacker is the perfect example of this. I took four months to develop the original product. I could have taken a year, but I would have lost time that I spent learning from customers using it.

By making the product live, I was able to get real feedback from people. The feedback from customers was more valuable than any idea I could have whipped up in my brain.

When you try and Ready, Aim, Fire, here is what it looks like:

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You never stop aiming and trying to get things to be perfect. The result is you get frustrated and give up, or put out a product too late.

  • Nothing Will Perfect, Get It Moving

Kevin Hart Practice Ready Fire Aim ?

I was listening to an interview with Kevin Hart about how he gets ready for new shows. He comes up with his material and then goes to tiny comedy shows to practices his stuff. His comedy in front of fans as he can.

After going to a bunch of small shows, he evaluates what content did well and then adapts. That is his aiming process. He could keep writing content at home and later try and release it for one of his big shows and completely flop.

Instead of wasting time and resources, he uses a small audience to refine his work.

  • Get The Bare Basics Ready To Go And Use The World To Hone It

What Can You Do to Ready Fire Aim? ?

No matter what you are working set a limit on learning time. For example, let's say you want to write a book. Give yourself one week to learn everything you can about how to write a book. After that, you have to focus on only taking action and find the fastest path to test your material.

For example, after you write your first chapter of the book, turn it into a blog post. Put it out there to get feedback on it. People may bash your work but wouldn’t you rather they bash one small blog over your whole book? It would be a much worse blow to have your book ripped by critics after you spent months making it perfect.

The goal is to get things in front of people as possible. Some people will spend ten years trying to put out one hit song while others will put out 400 songs at the same time and get a few hit songs from it.

  • Stop Protecting Your Work, Let It Go Out Into The World
  • Stop Making Excuses

Ian Warner

About the author

I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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