Let’s be honest, and I include myself in this, how many things that we put off really get accomplished? When you say “I’m going to start this after the holidays or after my vacation, or when things slow down a little bit,” what usually happens? Nothing!
I’m not pointing a finger at you (or me). It’s human nature. We have good intentions. We really do believe we’ll start living our best life on that far away day in that far away moment. Yet, that timeframe passes, that moment evaporates into the ether, and we’re still right where we were?
The truth is when it comes to getting started – which is really the hardest and most important part of any goal or dreams – NOW is the only moment that guarantees we’ll start. Think about it when does life ever really let up? What’s magical about after vacation or after the holidays? They’re all not NOW. They’re all a promise to procrastinate not to ACT.
The great Tracy Chapman has the following brilliant lyrics in her song “If Not Now.”
If not now then when
If now today then
Why make your promises
A love declared for days to come
Is as good as none
The same is true of a promise to start that goal or to live that better you. If not now, then when?
Fine, Ray. You got me. I procrastinate. How do get myself to act NOW? How do I get myself to take the importance of NOW seriously?
I want you to close your eyes. I want you to visualize all the reasons you want to follow that dream or live your better life. WHO matters to you? WHAT matters to you? Are you feeling WHY you want to do this? See it, feel it, taste it. Get it clear in your mind. Are you on FIRE for it?
Good! Now it’s a simple equation from there. Which is greater than (>)? Are the reasons you’re putting this off > the reasons you want to do it or are the the reasons you want to do it > the reasons you’re putting this off?
Because every time you put this off rather than acting NOW, you’re choosing your reasons to wait over your reasons to act. I love the way Rachel Hollis puts it. “You have to choose between what you want now (your procrastination) and what you want most (your dream).”
So, I know some of you started following these posts a couple weeks ago and you haven’t started pursuing that dream yet. NOW is your time!
You SO have this NOW! I believe in you and your dreams! Meet met halfway and believe in you too.