Are you waiting for the perfect time to launch your grand plan? We don’t like to wait in line, but we’re more than content to wait for some other things. Diets are commonly started on a Monday, or the first of the month, or the first of the year. It’s rare that someone chooses to start a diet right this very minute.
The same mindset applies to starting a business, going back to school, learning to play guitar, writing a book, or having a difficult conversation. We believe that challenging objectives require optimal conditions.
As I write this blog I am in Florida recording some songs with Brett Hestla, the former singer for Dark New Day and bassist for Creed. Why am I doing this? I mean come on.. I just turned 49 last month! Why? The answer is: because I can… and because I always wanted to record a quality CD. Even as I push the big 5-0, I have a choice: 1) To live with the regret of never doing it, or 2) going into the studio today and doing my best. I choose the latter. I don’t want to reach 70 years old and wonder.
All that’s really required is the courage to get started. Waiting is often an excuse when we feel fearful or uncertain.
The idea that perfect conditions are necessary is flawed:
- Life is much too short. Eventually, we all run out of time. No one can wait forever. That doesn’t mean to be impulsive and throw all caution to the wind. It does mean, however, that it would benefit you to act soon.
- Life will always get in the way. Waiting for the right moment is like saving the money you have left over at the end of the month. You’ll never have any time to spare, just as you’ll never have any money left over.
- Make time for the important things you want to do or accomplish. The longer you wait, the harder it can be to get started.
- Waiting is passive. Each day is filled with unique moments. It’s not necessary to wait until the perfect storm of opportunity, convenience, and motivation finally occurs. You can create special moments whenever you choose. Plenty of good moments are happening each day, but you’re failing to make the most of them.
- You don’t learn anything while you’re waiting. You’re not enhancing your skills or gaining any experience when you’re inactive. Make the most of right now and you’ll be better prepared for the future.
- Avoid regret. Do you really have the time to spare? Those that wait too long are filled with regret at the end of life. Do you want to look back on your life and think, “If only I would have …
- Few things are worse than regret, especially when you’re no longer in the position to do anything about it. You might still be able to climb a mountain or learn to play the piano at the age of 80, but it might be easier when you’re 45. You’ll also have more time to enjoy it!
- Taking action results in a more exciting and fulfilled life. Taking action and failing is better than doing nothing at all. Even in failure, you’re learning, taking risks, and living life to the fullest. You’re better prepared for the future and gain a new perspective.
- Make your life interesting and fulfilling by deciding that right now is a good enough time to get started.
- Waiting results in a lack of control. While you’re passively waiting for the perfect situation to occur, you’re giving away control of your life. One common symptom among those with depression is the belief that they lack control over their lives. Why wait? Take action now to create the life you want and take back your control.
Valuing yourself will result in valuing your time. When you value your time, you’ll begin to make the most of it. Every moment is important because you’re important. Avoid waiting any longer for the perfect moment to finally arrive.
I want to close this blog post with a final thought and a scripture:
Knowledge is not power. Only when the knowledge is applied is it effective and powerful. Take what you know… and apply it.
James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself—that does nothing—is dead.