There is never a perfect time for you to take action. There is never a perfect time for you to start a transformation journey, launch that project, to spend time with your family, to write a book, change your habit, or embrace a new habit. Once you acknowledge this, you will get a lot more meaningful work done EVERYDAY.
Start off by killing the excuses! It’s easy to come up with excuses and justify not getting started. The longer you fill your head with rationalizations and empty excuses, the less time you have to take action. I’m too tired. I don’t have the time. I am not capable. It’s too late now. Now is not the right time. I am not ready. I’m too scared. What if I fail. I don’t feel motivated. I’d rather do nothing. I don’t have the money..yet! It’s easy to say, “I will start when I have more time and money”. By this time next year, you will have a lot more excuses. It’s a cycle. And once you get caught in the loop, it can be difficult to break free and do something meaningful you care about. But something happens when you start. Something occurs in the mind, and the evolution of actions begins to unfold.
Many people are living their entire lives without ever standing up and stepping out. But it’s exciting to witness the few who dare themselves and step out of their personal bubbles to make a life-changing transformation for their own wellbeing. Our body is the car that drives us throughout our life, we need to take care of it! Most of us live with the stubborn illusion that we will always have tomorrow to do today’s work. We consistently hold on to this belief and keep procrastinating until the issue becomes a heavy burden. Left unchecked, we always default toward a more comfortable path.
Be an outliner. “Outliers are those who have been given opportunities - and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.” - Malcolm Gladwell’s on point description.
In simple words, outliners are those who realize how little time we have and are driven to make the absolute most of it. Those are the ones who really live. Studies consistently show that when we look back on our lives the most common regrets are not the risks we took, but the ones we didn’t. Of the many regrets people describe, regrets of inaction outnumber those of action by nearly two to one.
The biggest hurdle for many of us is simply getting started. Making that important decision to take a step. You have everything you need to make a difference if you can get past the excuses. Use what you have right now and where you are, and witness the magic of your potential.
When I started, I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t have all the pieces of the puzzle in place. I felt lost and confused. I can go on and on. The self-criticism and self-doubt will always be present, and the only solution is to just act in spite of them. It will never be fully satisfying and perfect, and it’s okay. When we express ourselves in a way that brings out the best in us, we’ve already succeeded. Step by step we improve despite the temporary failures. That’s what matters. It matters that you persist.
Write down your goal. Actually take the time to write the words and the meaning you associate with those goals. Dig deep. 7-layers deep, if you will. Because, you won’t find the true meaning in your head, it has to come from your heart. When you find deep-enough reasons to achieve big goals, nothing will stand in your way. Not procrastination. Not the fear of failure. Nothing. And you’ll realize that there’s no time to wait and that the time truly will never be just right. But without finding that meaning, you’ll find it difficult to overcome both the fear of failure and procrastination. So just start somewhere.
We spend too much of our lives waiting around for something to happen before we can do something. It’s as if we’re waiting for permission from some event. That’s not the way it works. At this moment, before you do anything else, just begin. When you start and you keep going, your momentum replaces that nagging voice in your mind. Small wins along the way help you to keep you motivated and reach your goals.
The time is now. Not tomorrow. Not two weeks from now. Not next month. Now. And that echos a saying we hear a lot that talks about the best time to plant trees. It’s an old Chinese proverb. It says that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Each passing minute is the perfect time to start your progressional journey! If you’re mid-way through it, keep pushing, now is the perfect time to keep evolving, focus on your momentum and daily wins, this will lead to a better you and a better life!
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