Hooray for a day off today!! I love when I’m not a slave to the clock!
Today is Labor Day, and it naturally got me thinking about my work, not working, and that there are still some who do work today … Entrepreneurs!
As someone who has the entrepreneurial gene in me, I am definitely the type to live by this quote:
Do it now. Sometimes ‘later’ becomes ‘never’.
This defines an entrepreneur to me. That do it now concept that you must have to build a life or business that will fulfill your biggest desires. Because if you keep waiting, it’ll just never happen.
Now this quote can really apply to anything in life, right?! Whether it’s doing housework (cuz we all know that can pile up), changing careers, moving to a city you’ve always dreamed of living in, making changes in a relationship, traveling more, or even starting your own business … the idea is that if it’s something that you really desire, then why wait?
Sure, we are all guilty at times in our lives of saying “I’ll do that sometime”, “When X happens, then I will do that”, “It’s just not the right time”, “I plan to do that later”, yada yada yada.
But if you really desire something, then later cannot be an option. The fact is that tomorrow is promised to no one (I can’t remember where I’ve heard this but I hear it a lot). And it’s true. We have no idea what tomorrow holds. We could live 50 more years or be gone tomorrow, which is the sad but true fact of life.
So why wait? Let’s evaluate these “reasons” we throw about for not acting on our desires right away.
- I’ll do that sometime or plan to do that later:
This one is totally fear based. It’s the idea of the unknown. What if it isn’t all you dreamed of, what if you lose money, what if you hate it, etc.? After all of these “what if’s” ring in your head, you’ve immediately convinced yourself to wait.
But here’s a “what if” for you: What if you soared and this decision was even better than you imagined? Well then you’d do it, right?!
- It’s just not the right time or I’m waiting on X to happen and then I will:
I hear this one a lot with friends who are in transitional periods of their life. (I mean isn’t that what being in your 20’s and 30’s is all about?) Waiting until all of the other areas of their life (money, a home, a job, good health, etc.) are perfect before they make a life change.
NEWS FLASH: It’s never the right time. Seriously, it isn’t. If you try hard enough you can find lots of excuses for any situation and why the timing isn’t right. It’s your brain’s way of protecting you from the unknown.
And if you’re waiting on X, Y. or Z to happen before taking action … well, what if they never happen? You’ll spend your whole life waiting on something that isn’t an absolute. Before you know it, you’ll look back and realize you spent years waiting and missed out.
So what if you’ve been on this Earth a while and these “reasons” above have been your go-to’s for years (and years)? Well don’t despair, my friends! THERE IS STILL TIME. Really, there is!
Remember that in the grand scheme of things, life is short. We need to live our life to the fullest, as each day we are given is precious. But each day is a new opportunity to grow, change, and live a better life for you.
So next time you’re presented with an opportunity you know you’d enjoy, catch yourself as all of those reasons pop into your head, and shake them off and say HECK, YES! It’s these moments where we do something new and different and embark on a new adventure that we GROW as a person, LEARN about ourselves and the world around us, and BUILD a new life and relationships that can be better than anything you could have imagined for yourself.
Stay inspired & remember to do it now!