Start Today

I want to start this post by addressing the reader with a simple question: “How many times have you stopped pursuing something due to the current circumstances of your life?” and I would like to follow with another one: “From the plans you delayed for the future which ones were actually accomplished?”. My wild guess is none.

Now, I am not referring to circumstantial delays that happen all the time on work, school, and life in general. By this, I mean projects that you wish to begin and to accomplish; basically I’m referring to your side-hustle. For example, the book you want to write, the website you intend to build, the software you wish to develop, the business you want to build or the diet you are planning on doing. In other words, the things you wish/have to do but that, honestly, you CAN live without.

Has time passes you still continue to debate and strategize about your project. I’ve done the same multiple times too, but the damaging truth is that, no matter how much you debate and how brilliant your plan structure is, if you don’t act, nothing will be accomplished. So, I would like to take the chance to use this blog post to motivate you to start; not tomorrow, but today.

“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes
#1. You Are In Denial

I’ve seen this multiple times, people love to make excuses. “I don’t have the right equipment.” is the one that really triggers me on. Let’s consider the following: You want to be a professional photographer but you only have a cheap and low quality camera. You are only able to acquire a new one in six months. The instant and general thought process is the following: “Damn, I guess I’ll have to wait six months to pursuit this so much “desirable” career.”. WRONG. What about the following; why don’t take your shitty camera, take a few pictures and find a way to improve them the best you can; then share them. A lot can happen in six months. It doesn’t hurt to try.

A lot of people are waiting for the ideal time, moment and circumstance to start something. But, the fact is that there is no perfect time. By procrastinating you are only hurting yourself and your future.

#2. Time Goes By… Quickly

Like I mentioned before, there is no perfect circumstance. Believe me when I say this, nothing will be different tomorrow. You’ll be facing the same problems, the same debates in your head and as soon as you notice, another day goes by, and another, and another. When you finally wake up, it has been months, in some cases, even years. Don’t do that to yourself. Time is the most precious asset you might have, don’t wasted on things that don’t matter. Start today. You will figure the rest along the way.

#3. Habits Is Key

Maybe the most enjoyable and effective way to begin something today is to slowly start creating a habit for your side-hustle. Maybe just 30 minutes per day will work, then you move up to 1 hour per day, and, has soon as you notice, you are working full-time, doing what you truly love.

Science says that it takes an average of 22 days to implement a new habit in your life. I understand that in the beginning it might be extremely frustrating to deal with self-doubt and all the problems that may arise, but if you stick to it, no matter what, extraordinary things might happen.

Was I able to inspire you in any way? Yes? Then start today, in fact, start right now. Thank you so much for reading. Check a similar post right here.

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7 thoughts on “Start Today

  1. This summer has been the most painful summer of my life. Why? Because I INSISTED on figuring out my writing path. I’ve done nothing but write professionally for 20 years, but it’s been for one magazine here, a script there, a book here, a blog post for 100 clients there. Sounds great, but I haven’t had a direct path. This summer I decided on a direct path. And by deciding, I agonized and prayed and freaked out and worried and hand wrung. And then I just created a business plan and went for it. No backing out now. I will substitute teach next year (snore) but I will keep with my plan. And we will see where I am in April. I have found also that just in DOING things unfold the way they are supposed to. Nice post! In total agreement with you and good luck.

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  2. Excellent post. I know a lot of people who live this daily. The number of projects they want to do also seems to have an impact on the number of projects they actually do. I think one strategy I like to employ to make sure I do these is to make a plan of how it’ll get done.

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