The time we have each day is limited to 24 hours and tends to be used up all to quickly. How we utilize that time is consequently one of the most important decisions we make. It is far too easy to put off until tomorrow what we are dreaming of today. The hectic pace of modern existence affords us an easy out: we shelve our aspirations so we can cope more effectively with the challenges of the present, seemingly to have more time and leisure to realize our purpose in the future. Or — at least — we tell ourselves that we will chase our dreams someday once we have accomplished other lesser goals. In truth, it is our fear that keeps us from seeking our dreams in the here and now because we view failure as a possibility; our reasons for delaying our inevitable success seem sound and rational. We can always always always reason our way out of living our dreams… If we ask ourselves what we are really waiting for, we actually will admit that there is no truly compelling reason why we should put off the pursuit of the dreams that we keep on the back burner.
When presented as a question, “Why not now?”… it drains us of our power to realize our ambitions… (we get scared all of a sudden…) we are so concerned with the notion that we are somehow undeserving of happiness that we cannot see that there is much we can do in the present to begin “courting” it. When we look decisively at our existence and state, “WHY NOT NOW?????!!!” we are empowered to begin changing our lives this very moment.
We procrastinate for many reasons, from a perceived lack of time to a legitimate lack of self-belief, but the truth of the matter is that there is no time like the present and not someday —- BUT THE PRESENT. Whatever we aim to accomplish, we will achieve it more quickly and with a greater degree of efficiency when we seize the day and make the most of the resources we already have at our disposal….. And yes, you do have resources – your joy, your passion, your dreams… you can envision anything you want rather than waiting for the future… You remind yourself that there is nothing standing between you and fulfillment… if you decide that today is the day you will take your destiny into your hands, you will soon discover that YOU hold the keys of fate… not someone else… Take one step… a baby step… then another… then another…
Live in the NOW, not the someday…. Although I have to admit I do a lot of reminding myself not to wait to someday… I am doing pretty darned well…. now my NOW needs some caffeine.