Advice to Those Who Are Waiting For The Time to be Just Right

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It seems that I’ve met zounds of folks who are waiting – waiting for things to change, for the right moment, for the odds to be in their favor. I’ve certainly been in that situation countless times before, and maybe you’ve been waiting for something, too.

Maybe you’re waiting for the right time to start something, like that special hobby, dietary change, or part-time gig, etc. You think, “I’ll be ready next week, by summer, after the New Year, when I have my new job, when the kids have moved out, etc.” Or, maybe you’ve been waiting for the right time to stop doing something. “I’ll quit tomorrow, when things slow down, when the busy season is over, when I’m not so stressed out, etc.”

The problem is that while you’re waiting for the stars to align, other ordinary people are making the changes. While you and I keep thinking about doing things, the doers are getting things done and moving in the direction of their goals because they know that their circumstances won’t magically get better. The time will never be just right. And even if it was by pure dumb luck, they won’t be ready for it anyway. It’ll come when they least expect it and will be totally outside of their control.

So, obviously, a big difference between people who think about doing great things and those that do great things, is that the doers act in spite of their difficult circumstances. They don’t have the time either. Or, the money, or the support, or the education, among other things. They’ve got everything working against them. In fact, they probably have to walk uphill, both ways, through a snowstorm just to have a chance at success. And they’ll have to do that everyday to make progress. But they do it. And that is why they succeed.

So, stop waiting for the right time. It’ll never come. The time is now. And chances are, it’s now or never. You can have the best intentions and even well-thought out plans, but it won’t matter if you don’t act.

So, make your own luck. Be a doer, not a dreamer. And don’t wait until tomorrow, which is completely outside of your control. Instead, start controlling what you can do right now.

Diligence is the mother of good luck. -Benjamin Franklin

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. -Brian Tracy

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