What are you waiting for?
“Today is the oldest you have ever been and the youngest you will ever be again.”
I just read that from Marc and Angels blog about twelve negative thinking errors that hold you back. This is one quote that stuck out to me.
Life is too short and goes by waaaay too fast for us to keep sitting around and making up excuses as to why we’re not doing the things we say we want to do. We always say there is tomorrow, but what if tomorrow never comes?
The problem with procrastination (for anything) is that we have no solid guarantee of today.
“Oh we’ll, there is always tomorrow.”
“Well, I suppose it’s not that big of a deal if I don’t get this done right now.”
The God honest truth is that the more time we spend thinking about something, the less likely we are to do it.
Well guys, the ugly truth is: thinking about something will not get it done.
“But I’m waiting until everything is just perfect.”
No! Stop waiting!
If we waited until everything is perfect than we may as well never do anything, because perfection isn’t real.
What is perfect anyway? If perfection was real and it was attainable, we would easily be able to reach it (for those of us who wanted to, and…. who wouldn’t?) Within reaching the said “perfection”, we would all be the same. And if we were all the same, we would all be eating at Taco Bell.
Perfection is overrated.
So don’t wait until you are perfect to try and accomplish something.
That will never come.
Now here’s my secret. For as long as I can remember, I have procrastinated on doing something because of my fear of the unknown. What if I’m not good enough? What if I ruin it? What if it makes no sense? What if nobody else likes it? I will start it when I get better at it, practicing first. Hell, I have always been good at making excuses for not starting (or finishing) a project or hobby. And I was comfortable about it. It didn’t strike me as bad that I was just doing the bare minimum. I never had an urge to care. I didn’t bother me that I wasn’t doing something progressive, because in my mind, I needed it to be perfect before I could start. I wanted to be the one who was just good at everything, all the time.
Well, that kind of dreaming didn’t take me very far.
The only thing I ever kept up with was writing in my diary. I wrote (and still write) in my diary, every single day. Writing takes up a big majority of my life. I failed in working out because I wanted to just be perfectly tiny already. I failed in sports because I just wasn’t as good as I wanted to be. I failed in gymnastics because my sister quit and I didn’t want to do it alone. Swimming – I couldn’t trust my body to float. Piano – I couldn’t read music easily.
Whatever it was, I quit before I gave myself enough time to practice. I have repeatedly underestimated the power of my brain and skills.
I would think about, what if I did become good? How would it change my life? What if I ended up hating it? Would I feel as if it were all a waste of time?
So many effing questions that seemed so important, now a mere chuckle when I think of them. Now, looking back on my life, I wish I had followed through with all the habits and activities I tried to start many years ago. Where it would it have taken me? I have no idea! But that doesn’t matter. The only thing that mattered was that doing them made me happy. It broadened my horizons, taught me teamwork and how to put in real effort. It taught me selflessness and integrity. You can learn and grow from your habits, passions, and daily activities if you want to.
The bottom line: I was just lazy.
So one day, quite literally actually, I woke up and after having my first digressing thought, I yelled in my head, “No! Fuck that! I’m not letting this happen anymore!” And you better believe, from that moment, I did everything I said I would do. I finished projects, got in the shape that was right for me, discovered a love for yoga, finished book after book, and started making dreams happen!
Letting laziness, procrastination, or the fear of the unknown stop you from doing what you really want to do is not the best excuse. I know you can do better than that. Because I would make up so many excuses, it’s natural for me to smell an excuse a mile away. And if you let yourself become so acquainted with them, it will bring you down.
Who cares if it takes you one whole session of martial arts just to learn stretches? So you only lost three pounds this month, is that horrible compared to losing none?
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the Great Wall of China.
Everything good and legendary in life takes time.
Photo Credit: Larry for BeckerBiz
So I ask again, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Go learn about the new interest you have! Progress! Improve! Push yourself to be the best you want to be! It’s up to you and no one else. If there’s no sacrifice to be made, then there’s no gain. No pain, no gain. Ya mean? You have the means, now just get the drive.
It’s a lot easier than you think. A lot more rewarding than you expect. And a lot more fulfilling than you will ever know.
So whatever it is you want to do, START TODAY.
Because it you wait now, you will wait forever.