Chances are you’ve heard the popular saying, “patience is a virtue”. Of course, patience is important in cases like waiting in line or sitting in traffic, but when it comes to your goals, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Think of it this way: if you want to start a business, go back to school, or completely change your life, the best thing to do is jump in headfirst. Waiting for the right time or resources may just kill the dream altogether.
Without goals, you can’t grow as a person. I want to shake you up a little. I want to tell you why you should stop waiting to go after your goals and give you some tips to get over that fear of “taking the plunge”.
Take Charge of Your Life:
The best thing that happens when you set goals and start working towards them is the feeling of being in control of your life. Finally, you’re in charge of where you’re going, what you’re doing.
Another part of being in charge is having the responsibility to take the steps that will help you get to your goals. Only you are obligated to make your dreams happen.
When you start taking charge and responsibility for your goals, you will gain the confidence to pursue them, achieve them, and then set bigger and better goals.
Gain A Sense Of Direction
When you set goals, you have a better idea of where you’re going in your life. Having that sense of direction makes all the difference in the actual pursuit of your goal. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up going around in circles.
When you do know the direction in which you’re going, it’s easier to plan for any obstacles and the next best step to take. You can make easy and small steps (all steps in the direction help, even the small ones) that lead you to where you want to be.
Having this plan will make achieving your goal so much easier and will give you a little more confidence each time you take a step.
Letting Go Of the ‘Fear Of The Unknown’:
If 2020 wasn’t the year of the unknown, I don’t know what was. If you have survived 2020, and you have because you are reading this, you have the courage and the stamina you need to go after your goals.
Taking the plunge may sound scary because no one likes uncertainty. The truth is that no matter what you do, life is uncertain, and the only constant is change. So what are you waiting for?
Until they can come up with an app that tells the future, life will always be uncertain. What is certain is that if you don’t get up and go after your goals, they’ll be nothing more than a dream.
Beat Procrastination to The Punch:
“I’ll wait till Monday….” is one of the most common phrased used by procrastinators. Not only are you avoiding your goals, but you’re also on the fast-track to getting overwhelmed.
Putting things off never ends well, in any instance. Once you start making excuses for yourself, things will stay that way until you’re left feeling unaccomplished and unsatisfied with your life. This, my friend, is a recipe for disaster.
When you get up and get working on your goals, you avoid going down the rabbit-hole that comes with procrastination!
When You Snooze, You Lose:
How many times have you planned something and then put it off, only to find that when you are ‘ready’, you no longer have the opportunity to do it? It’s a disappointment, but you really can’t blame anyone but yourself.
Another popular saying you probably know is, “Time waits for no man.” This means that when you wait, you risk an opportunity for… well, everything! Every day is a new opportunity to change your life for the better, and if you don’t take it, you’re only wasting your own time.
The world’s successful people are only so because they grabbed whatever opportunities came to them. The next time an opportunity comes your way, snatch it before it’s gone!
At the end of the day, what you do with your time is up to you, but you must remember that investing your time and energy into your goals is essential to your personal development.
Pursuing your goals can do more for you than just the reward of achieving your goal. By pursuing them, you can finally let go of the fear of the future, take charge, and have a sense of direction in your life.
Stop waiting for the right time, do it now!
Michele Bailey is president and CEO of Blazing Agency and My Big Idea®. These two lines of business work congruently to support her clients’ success.