So often I hear people say they are waiting for inspiration before they start pursuing their dreams. They’re waiting for their muse. They’re waiting for the “perfect” moment.
Sounds like perfectionism, procrastina-tion, and fear masquerading as a strategy.
Those who live their dreams are typically people who create the “perfect” moment themselves. They understand that if they wait for conditions to be perfect—all the stars and planets in alignment, everything in its place, and the muse has sprinkled gold dust on their imaginations—they would be waiting a very long time.
When is the perfect moment? Right now.
If you want to get something done, start now. You have a lot of excuses to wait. And so far you’ve pretended those excuses are really valid reasons.
You say you’ll clean the garage when you have a free weekend. The free weekend arrives and suddenly you’re too tired, you want to watch the game on TV, or you made plans to do something else.
You say you’ll go on a diet but now is not the right time because there’s a birthday party coming up and, before you know it, the holidays will be here, so why bother?
You say you’ll learn new skills or go back to school so you can make more money, but it never happens and you live with the regret of not doing it and the stress of your stagnant financial situation.
The fact of the matter is you didn’t make your dreams a priority—whether it’s as simple as cleaning the garage, going on a diet, learning something new, or making more money. Successful people get what they want because they don’t wait for inspiration, they don’t wait for the muse. In less-than-perfect conditions, they start to act.
The excuses for not starting shouldn’t be confused with legitimate reasons for not starting. You may have too much on your plate already. You may be actively pursuing other dreams. You have to know the difference between reasons and excuses.
Even then, you have to understand the difference between something that may simply be difficult to do and something that you believe is not possible. Is it really impossible to do or are you just scared, lazy, or lacking the imagination to get it done?
After having 12 kids, my mother went back to college. She went back when she thought the time was right, when she considered the house “empty.” There were only six kids living at home at the time!
Most people might think this is far from the perfect moment to choose to return to school. To them, “perfect” conditions might be when all of the kids are grown and gone. But she went anyway. She put more responsibility on us and went off to study. She chose the perfect moment.
In the end, we didn’t burn the house down, we didn’t kill each other, the bills still got paid, and nobody missed a meal. To the shame of all of us, this mother of 12 maintained a 4.0 grade point average through her years in college.
It’s time for you to control when you do things. Don’t wait for inspiration, your muse, or the “perfect” moment.
- Decide what you want to do.
- Define what resources and tools you need to do the job.
- Enlist the support of people around you.
- Get to work right now because now is the perfect moment.