Too many people are waiting for that magical moment, a burst of motivation, the right time, the right person, the right day, more money, or next year. You’re waiting for someone to tell you it’s okay to start, someone to push/support you. You’re waiting for more knowledge. Waiting to have kids, then waiting for the kids to grow up. You want to be perfect before you even begin and that in itself is a recipe for disaster
More people die while waiting than those on the move. Talent, hope, faith, relationships and dreams die on the waiting table. The future is at stake for those waiting.
There’s no better time than now to start working on your dream or the life you really want. Mistakes are a must, failure is a must, looking stupid is a must, because that’s the only way you’re going to figure things out. We can never get it right by waiting. The answer doesn’t come to you at a specific time. Some find it when they’re a child. Others discover it after they’ve had three children. Some go through ten different jobs/businesses before ever finding the right one. It doesn’t matter if you’re 21, 41 or anywhere in between. It’s never too late to start going after what you want.
“Plant your garden and decorate your own soul, instead of ‘waiting’ for someone to bring you flowers” ~Jose Luis Borges
Your life won’t improve if you’re relying on someone to make it better for you. A better life isn’t going to be found watching television, keeping up with Honey Boo-Boo, mindlessly surfing the internet, or checking Facebook every five minutes. It’s not found sitting on the couch after work every night or drinking your sorrows away every weekend with your buddies. Nor is a better life going to happen instantly. We’re used to wanting everything quicker. We want to reach our destination as fast as possible. We want our internet speeds to be lightening quick speed. We want our food fast. This generation’s obsession with speeds translates to the results we want. Marketers know that so they blast us with headlines like “Make money quick!” or “Lose weight fast and easy!”
We live in a push-button world, instant messaging, instant pictures, instant food, etc but when it comes to your dreams and living the life of purpose there are no push buttons. I hate to break it to you, there is no quick fix in the real world. You won’t wake up one morning and everything is just perfect. You won’t discover your purpose/passion in just an instant. You won’t have everything you want by “typing Amen” on a prayer post. You’re not going to forever eliminate years of bad habits in a month. You’re not going to have success without some heart wrenching failure and disappointments.
So what will it take? I know you don’t want to hear it, but it’s going to take one day at a time. You need to start making deliberate choices and stop sleepwalking through life. What’s even worse is you will be doing things you should be doing on a consistent basis and you’re not going to see any results or feel any different. I know that’s frustrating. This is exactly where most people quit and go back to waiting. They feel the work they’re putting in is a waste of time. They quit the gym after a month. They stop selling after only a few sales. So they quit and go back to their average life and continue to blame and point fingers at others for their misery. Keep in mind, small consistent actions over time will produce tremendous results. Anything you truly want in your life isn’t going to come easy. It’s how life works. Life is testing you to see how bad you want it. It’ll weed out the weak ones and only the determined will survive and be handsomely rewarded.
However, I think you actually don’t need any more information. You know everything you should be doing, but you just haven’t done it. It is time to stop the waiting game and start doing, even if it feels like you don’t have a clue what you’re doing. The dots will connect in the end.
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