We’ve all been there… You’ve got a dream or goal you want to pursue, but you keep putting it off because you’re waiting for the stars to align or for a giant neon sign from the universe telling you to go for it.
Look, I get it. You’re waiting for the perfect moment to start. I’ve been there, done that.
And I hate to break it to you, but that sign is never coming. The perfect moment doesn’t exist. And the longer you wait, the more excuses you come up with to justify your inaction.
Because it’ll never get easier to make a decision, in fact, it’ll be harder. And while you’re waiting, life is passing you by. You’re just sinking deeper and deeper into the quicksand of mediocrity.
So, stop waiting. Stop making excuses. Just freaking do it.
Now, I know change is scary. It’s like jumping out of a plane with a parachute that may or may not work. But you know what’s even scarier? The regret of not even trying. Living a life filled with “what ifs” and “could have beens.”
And here’s the thing: you’re not alone. There are countless examples of people who faced way tougher challenges than you and still managed to create spectacular outcomes for themselves and those around them.
Take Nelson Mandela, for example. The man spent 27 years in prison and still led his country to freedom. If he can do that, you can surely resist the donut you’re holding in your left hand while you’re scrolling through Netflix with the other.
Before he was the fittest man on the planet, David Goggins was a 300-pound cockroach exterminator who spent his evenings drowning in milkshakes and french fries while glued to the TV. Growing up poor with an abusive father, he had every excuse to stay stuck to his old habits.
But one day, he decided to change that. Instead of being a slave to his mind, he made it his bitch and refused to be bullied. He was in charge now. Fast forward three months, he was 100 pounds lighter and a NAVY SEAL.
Was the moment perfect for them to take action? Hell no! But they did anyway.
You don’t have to be Nelson Mandela or David Goggins to make a change. You just have to be willing to take a small step forward, even if it’s a wobbly baby step. And yeah, you’ll stumble along the way. You might even fall flat on your face. But that’s okay. You’re building resilience, my friend. And the feeling of accomplishment, the strength, and the wisdom you’ll gain from taking action far outweigh the fear of failure.
The point is we all have choices to make in our lives. Even not making a choice IS a choice in itself. And hey, if you’re perfectly happy where you are now, kudos to you.
But, if you’re not satisfied with your present situation – maybe you’re in a shitty relationship, overweight, or don’t have enough money – then taking action is the only way you’ll change that.
Otherwise, you’ll come up with excuses to keep you where you are right now.
And let’s be real, the longer you wait, the more ridiculous your excuses become.
So, here’s my challenge for you: Take action. Do something, anything, to move toward your goals, even if it’s just taking a small step forward. As Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
And who knows, maybe someday you’ll look back and laugh at how silly you were for waiting so long. Like how I look back at the 120 pounds of EXTRA WEIGHT carried around for years. It was like I was carrying around a mini fridge on my stomach. It bugs me that I did. But I’m glad I finally stepped up, took responsibility and lost that weight.
Sure, I could’ve chalked up my being a fat alcoholic who cheated on his girlfriends to the fact that my mom died when she was 16 years old or that my dad abandoned me shortly after. But I’m glad I didn’t because I’d do those same things to this day. Hurting and punishing myself and those I love. I chose to change, even though I had all the excuses in the world not to. I chose to change because it would have hurt more if I didn’t.
So get out there, do ONE thing today that will get you to where you want to be in the future. You’ll fail, and you’ll stumble along the way. Don’t beat yourself up when you do. Use that as a chance to grow and learn.
The bottom line is: YOU HAVE a choice. You can either take action and inch forward toward the life you want or wait for that cosmic nudge to propel you forward. Your call.