Someone once said that starting is the hardest part and, whilst that may be true, the regret of not having started will likely be harder to live with. However, in an attempt to trick ourselves into believing that not chasing our goals is absolutely fine, we often use the excuse that it’s too late.
“It’s too late to learn another language”
“It’s too late to change careers”
“It’s too late to start playing the piano”
These are all lies we tell ourselves as to illude our minds into believing that some non-existent deadline has passed and that any attempt to begin realising our goals at this very moment will be futile.
Now, let’s be honest, who are we trying to fool? The real reason we don’t want to believe there’s still time to achieve our goals is because we know it will most probably be hard in the beginning. But, to be honest, so are most things in life, but that does not mean we should give up. Could you imagine living in a world where babies just gave up on learning how to walk because it’s hard? Sure, bumps and bruises will likely come, but that doesn’t mean a baby gives up, and neither should you. The trials and tribulations we face whilst we endeavour to achieve our goals are incomparable to the reward of actually achieving them.
Now is the time to get the ball rolling, and this is best done by fragmenting a goal which may at first seem like some gargantuan feat, into small realistic objectives. Write your plan of action down, this will actually increase your likelihood of sticking to it. And, finally, take that first step, don’t wait for tomorrow, don’t wait for Monday, don’t wait for next year, do it now! Even if it just means writing that first line of code or finding a piano teacher in your neighbourhood, do it now.
A step forward is always a step forward even if it’s just a small one, and as someone once said, “there is no standing still because time is moving forward”.