You know that thing you keep saying you’ll do? That one step you could take that could change your life? The process might take time, effort, and hard freaking work. But it would ultimately benefit you in the long run. You know that thing?
Why haven’t you done it yet?
Here’s the most common answer: It’s just not the right time.
“I’m too busy right now. I’ll start when things settle down.”
“I don’t have enough money right now. I’ll start in a couple of months when things should be better financially.”
“I’m going to wait until the beginning of the (week/month/year). That feels like a better time to start.”
You guys. We need to stop.
Let’s break these down.
“I’m too busy.” Think back to a month ago. We had the holidays, end of the year projects to complete, trips to plan, and oh-so-many parties to go to. Most of us were putting things off then and planning to do them now in January. Do you still find yourself using the “too busy” excuse this month?
Life isn’t going to stop giving you more things to do. Is February really going to be any different?
“I just can’t afford it right now.” I think I’ve used this excuse more than any of these. I can’t afford to go to the gym. I can’t afford to eat healthy. I can’t afford this acting related expense. Once I did put money into both my acting career and my health (two of my highest priorities), my accomplishments increased.
Paying more for headshots led to more auditions and gigs. Paying over a hundred dollars for a workout program and meal plan led to me being the health-nut I never thought I’d be. Which then lead me to being more confident in auditions. It all pays off. And usually, we only have to pay for it once.
Even though we might be in a tough spot financially, we tend to use that same amount of money – sometimes in smaller increments – in other areas instead. These usually are fun activities that don’t move us forward. Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to have time for social activities. But when they constantly come at the expense of our goals…is it worth it?
“I’ll start on Monday.” This one is the worst. We think we’re taking action by giving ourselves a future date to start. Really we’re just procrastinating by using a number on a calendar. It’s toxic. It’s going to keep you from being your best self as long as you allow it to. That’s just not fair.
So. What can we do about this?
Instead of focusing on all of the reasons that taking action will be inconvenient now, consider how this temporary change will set you up for success for the rest of your life.
It’s time for YOU to take action! (Thanks to Ben Gonzales for the pic!)
-Need to start exercising? Sure, the transition to a healthy lifestyle is tough. But stay consistent and a year from now you’ll be a master. Which leads you to being healthy for the rest of your life.
-Want to take an awesome, expensive acting class? Sure, that could lead to picking up more shifts and going out less for the rest of the month. Yet the skills you learn and the relationships you build could benefit your entire career.
When we focus on how amazing our future is going to be, we create less stress on the temporary inconveniences the action may cause.
Then again, you can just keep putting that task off. That’s okay too. I mean, you’re okay with staying in your current situation for the rest of your life…..right?
Go get ‘em, friends. Stop waiting for the perfect moment. Be the amazing person that you know you’re capable of being.