How many of you are waiting to start something because you are waiting on the “right time”? It may be to have children, go back to school, write a book, change jobs, anything! I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “there is never a right time to start something”. Sometimes we set goals and want to wait until the perfect time comes around before we start taking action. The perfect time (in your mind) may be when you lose weight, when you get a new job, when you find a boyfriend/girlfriend, but really the perfect time is now. You have to already do what it is you want to do even if it’s on a smaller scale.
- Do you want to be a writer? Start writing!
- Do you want to start a non-profit? Do the research and take the necessary steps to start a 501(c)(3).
- Do you want to travel? Find that trip you want to take and start saving each month to get the amount you need and take that trip! (Send me a note when you’re ready to book your trip!)
There really is no excuse as to why you cannot do what you want. The people that you see doing what they love are doing it because they just did it! They didn’t wait to get permission from anyone. They didn’t circle a date on the calendar and say, “that’s the day my life will start.” They just started doing whatever it is that they wanted to do.
I think the frustration comes from wanting it all now. We want everything presented to us in a nice package with a beautiful bow so that all we have to do is open up the package and voila — your perfect life is waiting inside. We want to just jump into a “new life” without the planning, without the time spent learning, without the bumps and bruises that go along with it. Guess what? Life doesn’t work that way. Not to mention, you won’t understand what it took to get to that point, so you won’t appreciate it and you’ll subconsciously sabotage yourself and be right back where you started.
I know the #1 excuse people will use is lack of money. For those that say they don’t have the money, that’s no excuse! Does it take money to research? Does it take money to write a business plan? Those things will take some time to do so while you are doing those things, put a little money away each paycheck towards your “YOU” fund. Sure, you have it. If it were any other “splurge” I’m sure you’d find the money.
Sometimes we need a little push or a big shove. For me, it was being laid off. That’s the push I needed to finally take charge of my life. I didn’t have any excuses anymore. I couldn’t use the excuse that I don’t have the time because I have an extra 8-10 hours in my day now!
Just start doing what you can now and the time you put in will pay off. You have my guarantee on that! Remember how quickly time flies? Before you know it, it will be next year this time and what will you have to show for it?
What is it that you’ve been putting off? What steps can you take to get on track?
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