I heard this quote the other day, and it really stuck with me. Here are some crumbs for thought.
We have a tendency to either wait for things to happen to us, or wait until the perfect time to kickstart a project. I am a victim of this. Constantly telling myself “just one more day and I’ll be ready”, “today isn’t the day but tomorrow is”, and then repeating that to myself day, after day, after day.
Who do we think we are?
Come on! Who do we think we are believing that we have all the time in the world to fulfil our desires! We are given one lifetime, just ONE, and it’s a complete waste of time to wait for the right time. We will fail over and over and over, but those fails don’t make you a failure. What makes you a failure is not the lack of success, but rather the fear of failing ultimately leading to inhibition and unproductivity.
One size does not fit all
Success comes in many shapes and sizes: maybe a product is a success because it generates income, maybe a success is a lesson you learn while failing, maybe a success is simply your willingness to get up and try again no matter how many times it takes. This concept applies to every aspect of your life from health to relationships to career.
Your first try should fail because you should be starting early, too early, before you’ve attained ALL the knowledge in the world (which by the way is NOT going to happen, you are only human). If you wait until you know enough, you’ll never start. Your first try should fail because you were so excited and impatient to start that you didn’t think about every step properly. Your first try should fail because nobody is God and can perfect things on the first try, and if your first try is a success you’re a liar because we all know you secretly tried and failed before this.
Here is the key, don’t lose it
The key takeaway is that fails don’t make you a failure, they will make you a success. Patience is so important, and I need to practice what I preach because I have trouble waiting for something to work out. I always want it right this second. That will get me nowhere. Except maybe to the supermarket to buy avocados. So, let’s be okay failing, let’s be okay waiting for success, let’s be okay getting sick and tired. And guess what, the day that you are successful will be absolutely extraordinary because you’ll know how much you deserve it.
Crumbs for thought: One Day or Day One?
How to practice “starting today”
- go buy the thing you’ve been saving up for, you deserve it
- start the project you’ve been putting off because you don’t think you have the right tools or knowledge
- start practicing self-care ti make yourself feel good instead of waiting to feel good to start self-care
- make a mockup of the product you’ve been imagining, newsflash: it probably won’t look good or work, WHO CARES
- apply for the job you’ve been wanting that you don’t think you’re cut out for. or maybe you’re waiting until you have a stronger resume, just do it and if you fail, try again later.
- message the person you’ve been thinking of, maybe they’re thinking about you too
THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE, DO LIFE NOW. Not to be cynical, but you’re a blip in history, unnoticed and unprotected; you have to make things happen for yourself. Some things will come your way, but most things have to be worked for; I rather regret doing something than regret not doing something. At least that way you’ll learn something.
My crumbs for thought posts will be topics that really make your neurons work. They’ll make you contemplate, question yourself and push yourself. Consider yourself enlightened, or even reminded of how you shhould live your life.