It seems like yesterday that I was graduating high school and getting ready for my first year of college. That was 24 years ago! I am not sure where the time went while I was busy starting a career and having fun, but go it did! Usually, stepping back and evaluating one’s life is sparked by death or tragedy, as our mortality cause us to contemplate what truly matters. And it is during these types of contemplations that we find our deepest inspiration.
I know that one of the questions that comes out during my time of contemplation is why did I wait so long to come to this conclusion? Why didn’t I do this earlier? And that is the idea behind this post: Why do we wait so long sometimes to make decisions or changes in our lives?
I will say it today, tomorrow and for eternity…now is the time for action! Do not wait another day to identify areas in your life that need change or enhancement and do something today! Today is the day to start living a healthy lifestyle , today is the day to start paying off debt, today is the day to go back to school, today is the day!
I want you to think about something in your life that you have known needed changing for several years now. And then think about how much progress you would have made had you made that decision to change last years. Many of you would weigh a lot less or be completely debt free! Or maybe you would be a business owner?!
There is one thing in this life that is guaranteed and that is time will continue to tick away. When you are a young person time seems to be an unlimited resource. After all you still have college ahead of you, starting a career, starting a family, etc. But as you get older you realize time starts working against you. You realize that the older you get the faster time seems to pass by.
That is why it is of utmost importance to take action right now and do not delay any longer!
Richard Branson the founder of Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines recommends to jump head first into whatever you’re thinking about doing without delay, just start immediately. His reasoning is you will never be prepared enough, you will never have enough money, you will never have enough education; so just do it! I believe having some type of plan before you begin will allow for more success but I also know those who gain success using this strategy.
He is the ultimate man of action. He started Virgin Airlines on a whim after being stuck with no flight to the Caribbean. He had a girlfriend waiting for him there and his flight was cancelled at the last minute. So as he sat at the airport trying to figure out what to do, he called and booked a private charter to the Caribbean. He did not have enough money to pay for the charter so he went around the airport with a chalkboard that read “Virgin Airlines, Direct flights to the Caribbean, $100.” The other stranded passengers paid up and headed to paradise, thus beginning Virgin Airlines!
As sure as the sun is going to rise in the morning, time will continue to pass by at amazing speed. So take inventory of your life today, determine what you want to do and do it. Do not delay, do not make excuses, do not fear! Your life is determined by you, as you are the designer of your existence. You get all the credit for your successes and are directly responsible for your place in life; now and in the future!
Yesterday you said tomorrow.