That’s the lesson of the last week for me.
Not that it’s groundbreaking or surprising; or something that you couldn’t discover in a self-help book at the back corner of Barnes & Noble.
But relevant and damn true, nevertheless.
Life is short.
Stop saying tomorrow. Or next month. Or in six months. Or next year. Or in five years.
Stop thinking you need the right time.
Stop feeling you’ll know when the inspiration hits you just right.
Stop praying for the heavens to open, birds to sing and God to give you the prophetic right-of-way. (By all means, pray about it—but sometimes you need to act in faith too.)
Stop hoping things will start to happen on their own.
Stop imagining that the world will conspire separately and things will magically start taking the shape you want.
Stop questioning all of the different alternate possibilities.
Stop being afraid of the unknown.
And certainly stop wondering if it will ever happen.
Because the first step is to do something.
You only get one shot at this life and sure, you might want to deliberate and make smart choices. You’ll want to consider the options and best path to choose.
You may even have to wait a short while.
But wait with purpose, if you have to.
Stop sleeping on your dreams. Stop letting them live in your head.
You’ve got to start living and stop putting hopes on hold.
The one person who can control the likelihood of those dreams transpiring, my friends, is you. So, take the first step today and decide what to do next.
But please, do.
Live your life with a sense of urgency.
This day counts.
Now, go make it look like it.