“If not me, who? If not now, when?”
~ Attributed to many different people
Perhaps you have heard the Chinese Proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” This is exactly on point with what is on my mind today.
We all have things in our lives that we wish we would have done, or at least started, before, but, we are unable to change the past. That means that no matter how much we wish, it isn’t going to happen. However, that does not stop us from starting now…as a matter of fact, it should be something that encourages us to start now.
Unfortunately, we are often very hard on ourselves, and thus, we are sometimes so disappointed that we did not start earlier, that we think, “What’s the point?” I don’t know where this type of attitude comes from, but believe me, it is quite common. I have seen it many times…I have experienced it many times.
There are even many times that I will start something, and then I will think, this is going to take too much time, “What’s the point?” and I will give up. Later, I will again examine that same desire and I will wonder, “Why didn’t I keep going? I would be there by now.” And again…disappointment in myself.
I feel that it is very important to keep in mind that, no matter what has happened in the past, we can always start right here, right now. We can seize this moment and begin. It doesn’t matter how long it will take. It doesn’t matter how much we wish we would have started sooner. It doesn’t matter how many times we have given up in the past, we can seize this moment and make it the starting point of something truly spectacular. We can make things happen.
It is never too late. Remember that. The next time you find yourself with a desire, decide that now is the time. Decide that if it is worth dreaming about, then it is worth pursuing. The only way it is going to happen is if you actually do it…and there is no better time to start. Start while the desire is strong. Start while you are inspired. Start…just start.
None of us is able to maintain motivation for long periods of time, and so, when you start when motivation is high – right now – then you start to gain some momentum, and soon you will realize that you are well on your way, and that the desire has taken on a life of its own. You wouldn’t be able to stop it, even if you wanted to, and it drags you along with it. This is the power of realizing that now is the time.
So, is there something that you want in your life? Is there some dream or desire that beckons to you? Is there something that you wish you had started long ago – something that still lies within your heart’s desire? If so (and I am sure anyone reading this will answer yes to these questions), then I encourage you to do something about it. Start now. If not now, when?
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What will you begin? What will you start now? Leave a comment and let the community know of your new commitment to yourself. You deserve it. Tell us if you realize that now is the time. We’re listening.