I recently read this article by Krista Scott-Dixon and it is too good not to share. We all do it at some point. The “I’ll start Monday” or “Next month” or “When I have time” … you will never have that time. The time is now. Yes, it can be that simple. But read for yourselves:
Excerpt from the article “I’d love to get started … I’m just waiting for the perfect time… – by Krista Scott Dixon
Are you waiting for the “perfect time”… To learn a new skill? To eat better? To exercise more?
Human beings are always “waiting for the perfect time”. But why?
For many, it’s a great distraction and justification. It helps us avoid the real—and risky—work of doing. For others, perfectionism and avoidance serve as strong armor against potential embarrassment, criticism, and failure.
“I could ___ but ___” keeps us safe from pain.
Unfortunately, it’s also what keeps us from growing, thriving, and being who we know we have the potential to be.
That’s why all-or-nothing thinking—If I don’t do this perfectly then it’s worthless—rarely gets us “all”. It usually gets us “nothing”.
A few truths about perfect….
There is no perfect time. There never will be.
Celebrate that perfect time when it comes. But sure as heck don’t wait for it.
Take your moments. Make your moments.
Just so you know, nobody is going to give you any moments. You have to take moments. Moments resist expectations like water resists the intrusion of oil. However, there is a perfect moment. There is actually always a perfect moment.
That perfect moment is now.
Here. Today. The living, breathing sliver of time that you have in this precise second. Because that is all you ever have: right now.
Just start. At the beginning.
All you have to do is start. But I can’t! you say. I can’t get started! That is the problem, you see! No, it’s not. If you can’t get started, you’re just jumping too far ahead. You’re not starting with starting. You are trying to start somewhere in an imaginary middle.
Starting is when you drop the coin into one pinball machine, not when you stand there looking at the all machines in the arcade, deciding which one to play.
Starting is when you lift up one foot and put it in front of the other, not when you stand there debating which road to take or wondering if you should have worn different shoes.
Push through. Embrace resistance.
Many people who are just starting out assume that because they feel resistance, they have failed. That because they forget the printed list of exercises on the kitchen table, they can’t work out once they get to the gym. That because their legs ache on the ascent, they are not ready to climb that hill.
No. That’s just how it feels sometimes.
What to do next?
In the end, if you’re constantly saddled with “waiting for the perfect time”, these tips might help:
– Revise your expectations. Recognize that there is no perfect time and there never will be.
– Carve out time, even if it’s imperfect. Nobody will give that time to you. You’ll need to take it.
– Just start. Find the smallest possible thing you can do right now, in the next 5 minutes, and do it. Now you’ve started!
– Do something, anything. Action is a “vote” in favor of a different, healthier, fitter life. Vote early, vote often.
– You only have to get through this moment. This moment of starting will be the hardest. Luckily, it won’t last long.
– Expect resistance. It’s normal. Push through it. Resistance doesn’t mean this won’t work. It just means you’ve started.
– Get support. Whether it’s a friend or family member, workout buddy, or a coach, find someone to fire up your booster rockets until you can fly on your own.
Can I help you getting started?
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If you are interested, you can read the full article here.