Have you been postponing doing something truly dear to your heart? This article explains, with a bit of tough love, why postponing will get you nowhere. But it also talks about how to move on from it, towards a happier life!
A lot of us are afraid to start doing what we want. Why? Perhaps, because once you start, there is a possibility of failure. The sweet time right before starting, however, has all you can wish for. It offers excitement and looking forward to a bright future plus perfect safety in knowing that you can’t fail just yet – because you are not doing anything! Nobody can judge you based on what you do this way, or kill your mojo by saying “That’s never going to work!” You’re keeping it quiet, keeping it safe. But you’re also keeping it stagnant.
I hate to be a downer, but the perfect time to finally do what YOU want, not what the world wants from you, is never coming. At times, all of us need a wake-up call. If you need one now, here it comes. Your life is a countdown, so as each day passes, you are left with less – not more – time to go after what you want.
You may think – there is just this one thing I need to do before I go all out towards my goals, my idea of happiness. What is it? Maybe, you need that stable job. Or that great education – you can’t start going after what you want without the diploma! Whatever you think is the gap between your now and “that perfect time” is a lie. A lie you keep telling yourself to postpone action. Now it’s the education you are after, then it’s the job, after that it’s the apartment and family. Before you know it, you will run out of time to reach for the stars.
The things you so wanted to get, which you thought would bring you closer to the ideal life conditions for action, are not that perfect after all. They are good, yes, and precious too, but they all entail daily responsibility – they will need your time, effort and money. By chasing the “perfect life” you run the risk of collecting more and more responsibility, which will take you even further away from doing what you want – not closer to it.
Now, there’s no point in rejecting earthly, common goals like that job and diploma completely. And running from responsibility is nothing more than immature. But it’s futile to see the normal achievements for our society as a prerequisite for following your heart’s desires. The two are on completely different planes. One you do to feel stable, and to some extent to fit in and not be considered a Martian without a job. The other you do for you, to reach your highest potential, and to give your gift to the world.
So, a healthier approach to pursuing goals could be to strike a balance, now, between reaching for your lucky star and working for the stable foundation to stand on. Without paying enough attention to either of these, you may find yourself feeling empty down the line from lack of groundedness or, on the contrary, lack of soaring. Instead, find a way, preferably this year or even this month, to blend them together in your weekly routine to live a life that is full of both earthly pleasures and pursuit of heart’s desires.
If you have been postponing something that you really, really want to do, please stop! You have the luxury right now of having the time ahead of you to build the life you desire, and one you can be proud of. No matter how little or much you can do now to go for what you want – go for it! And keep going.
Enjoy your journey!
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