Would you rather finish last, or close to it, or not finish at all?
Would you rather put in some effort, or watch as everyone else goes for gold?
Would you rather be seen as someone who made an attempt, or the person who walked away?
I think you can see where I am going here. I cannot tell you how many times I have had conversations with random strangers and found myself on this type of topic. The conversation usually going something like this:
“How are you?”
“Doing well thanks, where you headed?”
“Oh, I am on this next flight at gate 12.”
“What do you do for a living?”….and the conversation last a few more minutes here. And then they ask what I do.
“Well, I do have a day job but I’m also publishing my third book right now, and writing my fourth.”
And that is usually when it hits people, and they start spilling. I don’t tell people that to brag at being 32 (currently), and “oh look at me”. But rather to get a point across without even saying it.
Most of the people I talk to are older than me and they say nice things about my accomplishments. And then they tell me about what they WISH they had done with their time and energy. Or what they might do, but they are getting older now, and it seems less likely.
And then there are the occasional younger people I come across with the same conversation that sees what I have done and being only a few years older, now don’t think they can do anything for themselves because they feel it should have happened by now.
I want to encourage anyone with any dream or goal to just start. If you want to do something special in your life, then just go for it. If you want that dream job, get going and get started towards it. If you want the dream boat or house, start aiming for it. I don’t care what it is you want to do or become – you have to start somewhere.
I chuckle at the saying “A journey of 10,000 miles starts with a single step.” (Or however, it actually goes!) I chuckle because I used to say to myself, “yeah but that’s a heck of a lot of steps to reach 10,000 miles!” And with that logic, I was a non-starter. Now? I am a finisher. My last book is going to take me some time to write. I have a full-time job, 3 other books to market and let’s not forget a wife and child to make sure I spend quality time with.
That. Won’t. Stop. Me!
So I challenge you, here and now. What is it you have been putting off? Maybe something at home or at work? Perhaps a relationship that needs mending, or just needs to start but you’ve been on the fence this entire time?
Go. Do. Be. Become.
These are my thoughts for the day.