How many times have you told yourself that next summer I will plan for that dream vacation ?
How many times have you promised yourself that next week you will start exercising?
How many times have you said, “I have a unique idea that I can shape into a very good story, but I will do it later.”
We always keep telling ourselves that we’ll do this or do that, but we’re just waiting for the ‘PERFECT TIME’.
Time passes, and you never take that dream vacation. You never start working out. You never put that unique idea into a story because the PERFECT TIME never comes. The PERFECT TIME is just a myth.
But what is time. Time is those hours, minutes, and seconds make up your life. Time is your life. When you waste it, when you don’t invest in every moment to reach your goals, to make yourself happy, to be a better you; you are wasting your life.
Here is what it is when you keep saying, “Tomorrow, next week, next year, later…” Do you realize what you are doing? You are dawdling! You are delaying the procedure of living your life. In other words, you are putting your life on hold.
But why? Why do we tend to postpone?
Is it because we sometimes think we’re not good enough? I have a cousin who is a very talented writer. He even won a local writing award. He was writing that wonderful story, and whenever he was done with a part of it, he sent me it to read and comment. I loved the story, and it was really exciting. I was waiting to read the ending, but he suddenly stopped sending anything, and when I asked, “How about your story?” He said, “You know I think I’d rather wait until I turn thirty.” “What? Why?”, I asked. He said, “I’d be mentally more mature and more experienced.” It was but a couple of months for him to turn “thirty”. I argued that he had all the talent and experience he needed to write the story and he could always write another one when he turned thirty.Instead, he insisted to wait, and I am still waiting for the ending.
As Anna Levine once said, “The perfect time is when you turn the present into what you want it to be.”
“There is no time like the present,” as a friend of mine always says. The present is the only moment you can seize. The only moment over which you have control. It’s that unique moment in which you can decide to change your life forever.
Could another reason we procrastinate be that we are so sure about the future? We always tell ourselves I will do this first thing when I wake up tomorrow. It never crosses our minds that tomorrow might never come. It never crosses our minds that we might never have time .We take life for granted pretty much as we take everything for granted. The Canadian Egyptian self-development legend Ibrahim Al Fiki once said, “Live every day as if it is the last day in your life.” When you realize this, you will always keep your priorities in mind. You will always be connected with what matters to you.
What I want you to do now is to sit down, get a paper and pen, think, and write down things you want to do in life. Who are the people you’d like to spend more time with? What are achievements or things you want to be remembered for? Are you going to spend this time praying, or with your family, or meditating and contemplating nature? Are you going to do some work of charity, finish that book, or express your feelings to people you love? What you will write on this paper are things that really matter to you. So, stop lingering and prepare your daily schedule accordingly.
Another reason related to the one mentioned previously is lacking motivation. We take the way things are and take ourselves for granted, we lack motivation. I mean why do it now when I can still do it tomorrow? Oh, that feeling of indolence is so good, right? You feel secure in your safety zone. As Shakespeare once said, “All is well that ends well.” Therefore, you’d need to take action. The more you stick to your safety zone, the less you will achieve, the less happy you will be, the less you will live life. Ask yourself now? What impact do you have on life? What difference have you made? As Eleanor Roosevelt said,” When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” You want to leave something to be remembered with, you want to add value to life, and you want to leave a legacy. You cannot do this when you stick to your safety zone. You cannot achieve this when you keep saying “tomorrow”. The safety zone is not too safe, eh? Don’t deprive yourself of living life. Don’t end up leaving no unique imprint of yours because if you do it is as if you have never existed.
Do it when you can, have a sharp motivation to life, and never put your life on hold!