The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.
Is there something you have been wanting to do for a long time, but for some reason just seem to keep putting it off? Perhaps it’s wanting to travel, finish writing a book, start a business, or begin a new career. If there is something you really want and dream about often, now is the time to begin. With every passing day, time continues to tick away. Life is short, and really all we have is right now.
Decide to Commit
There is something powerful about making a decision to commit to doing something. Until we do so, we are giving ourselves an escape clause, which is just an excuse for not having to follow through. “Well I said I was thinking about it but didn’t actually say I was going to do it” is the response you’ll usually hear.
Making a commitment makes it real. It means you are really going to go through with it, and it is no longer fantasy. If you want something bad enough, what are you waiting for? Motivational guru Tony Robbins said, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” Whatever you really want to do but have been putting off, make a decision to do it now!
Take the First Step
After you have made your decision to commit to what you’re going to do, it is now time to identify the first step towards making this a reality. Often people make a commitment to do something, but then never take any action. You know these people, they talk the talk but not the walk.
Unless there is movement forward, how are you ever going to get anywhere? Sometimes the first step is clarifying the rest of the steps, getting research, or finding a mentor or somebody who can help you. Identify that first step and take it as quickly as you can.
Protect Yourself from Criticism
No matter what dream you decide to go after, it is important to protect yourself from the criticism of others. It is almost guaranteed that somebody will disagree with your decision, and they won’t be afraid to tell you so. Sometimes these people are family members or close friends who mean well and believe they know what is best for you.
However, it doesn’t matter what people say or what types of beliefs were programmed into you at an early age, they are all just somebody else’s opinion. You do not need anybody’s permission to go for your dreams! Prepare yourself for criticism and stand your ground. It is your life you are living, not theirs.
If Not Now, Then When?
The clock is ticking and it is not going to stop anytime soon. If there is something you’ve always dreamed of doing, then now is the time. Make a commanding decision and commit to making this dream a reality. Please share it with me in the comments below.
Identify and take the first steps to get the momentum going, and be aware and prepare for criticism from others. Especially the ones who are closest to you and love you. They can be the worst.
Yesterday is long gone, and tomorrow may never come. All you have is right now.