Monday, February 27, 2017

When will the "right time" be?

If you are anything like me, you find yourself waiting around for the "right time" to start a new work out plan or to begin eating healthy or quit smoking or learn a new hobby.

It is the New Years Resolution dilemma - you spend the last quarter of a year preparing to start fresh in January.

This is a topic we discuss a lot at work - this idea of "one last" tryst or use or indulgence.

Why do we set up this special date in our heads where we will finally take the time to stop and put ourselves, our health and well being first? What prevents us from just jumping in with both feet and start making changes?

The answer I have come up with is a lot of things.

Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of change, FEAR.

Habit - we are creatures of habit, change forces us to think about what we are doing and be present in those activities that we normally do out of habit - this makes us uncomfortable.

Mind over matter - for so many things in our life, we are our own worst enemies and allow ourselves to believe we "can't" do it. Getting out of our own way is one of the hardest tasks I believe we learn as humans.

Lastly - you have to want whatever you are going to reach for! If you do not want the end goal, all of the change in between is going to feel like you are walking on glass. You have to be ready to make the changes in your life to push forward and reach for the life you want.

Ask yourself - what do you want and what are you willing to do to get there?

If you can start with what you want, you can then hopefully start to map out how to get there.

Having an abstract end goal in mind with no idea or plan of how you get there can lead you to feel like you are getting nowhere quickly.

Having even a loose plan of what you are going to do TODAY to get you one step closer to your end goal will go a long way!

I guess what I want to say is - there will never be a "right time" or a magical perfect moment to begin working towards the life you want.

Once you are ready for it, you will know.

What is something you have been waiting for the "right time" to start?

-Meesh

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