Don’t Let Next Time = Never

By SCN Blog Contributor Julie Jakopic

What are you postponing? You know what I mean. That vacation you put off because there are other things more pressing and you can go next year.  That business you want to start, but don’t.  The book you want to write but can’t seem to start.

As we end the year, what’s still on the list from 2015 that you are waiting to do? The problem with postponing things is that life has a habit of getting in the way. Just as much next year as now. If you live a full life, there will always be things in the way. Unless you decide otherwise. How do you do that?  Here are some questions to help.

1) Do you really want to do it? Or is it something you think you are supposed to do or it’s expected but you really aren’t committed. If that’s the case, take it off the list and put it back only when and if you plan to actually do it.

2) Are you thinking other things are more important? I’m not suggesting and immediate substitution of a great vacation or book project for a medical procedure or time with friends and family. I am suggesting you think about how you can do both – over time.  Break things down so they are manageable with your other obligations. You can take two years to save for that vacation. You can write for 30 minutes a day.

3) Do really want it but are afraid? This is so often the case so feel into it.  If the issue is fear, look into it, like turning in to a skid and take it apart. Is it fear of failing? Fear of succeeding? Fear you aren’t good enough? Fear of the unknown of change.  Once you understand the fear, take some time to consider what the worst thing that can happen is and how you can mitigate those risks. Get more information. Also think about what might be the best outcome. What can you learn by really filling in your vision of success? What strategies emerge in that process.

Please don’t spend your life waiting. It’s too short. Live the life you want.