My husband made macarons for the first time tonight. They were delicious. Sweet, perfect ‘feet’ and flavor. It took him a while to get the hang of it, so he kept trying. When he got ready to make the filling he was missing and ingredient, so he went to the store. He had a couple test macarons, and we were glad to eat his defects. Here you see his final product. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, this one doesn’t do them justice. We willingly ate the entire batch, and have already asked him to make some more.

We have talked about making macarons for years. We bought the ingredients, looked up recipes, and we imagined how we would do it. Today my husband pulled the trigger and actually did it. Talk and planning is easy, it is the execution of the idea that really matters. It is the execution that can be the scariest part.

All too often we want to try new things and the fear of failure, the fear of the unknown, the inability to know exactly how to proceed prevents us from doing anything. We suffer from the paralysis of analysis. We think about it so long that our own planning prevents us from being able to move forward with confidence. We have literally planned ourselves out of the energy to execute.

The best thing to do at this point is to just take one little step and get the ball rolling. Do something, anything to get yourself moving forward. Turn on the mixmaster, mix up the dry ingredients, read the recipe while pulling out the pan you will need to use. Once you take that first step the next one is a little easier, and after that you are moving forward farther than you imagined possible. Before you know it you are embroiled in what you wanted to do forgetting that you were fearful only a few moments earlier.

Your first attempt may not be perfect and who cares. The point is that you tried, did it, and are willing to do it better next time. Learn how to do it better and keep the momentum going. When you get going you too can make the first macarons of the year.

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