Thought for the day that I want you to think deeply about: why is it that we wait to do the things in life that we actually want to be doing? Why do we spend our time doing anything but what we want to be doing in this exact moment knowing very well that it could be our last? Why do we save any ounce of please, joy, or energy for a future that is all but certain? Why not do what we want, and why not do it now?
If it matters, do it now.
Currently, I am reading The One Thing by Gary Keller, and I have to be completely honest, I can’t recommend it enough. This is one of those books that has helped to open my eyes in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
In talking about willpower, Keller compares willpower and the human brain to the engine of a car. Like a car, our brains only have so much fuel and energy. We start each day on a full tank of gas, and as the day progresses, our fuel only decreases.
So knowing that our brains are running on only one tank of gas, how would you disperse that fuel to give you the best opportunity to succeed? Would you do do the unimportant tasks first thing in the morning only to hope that you have enough energy left over to do the things that actually matter to you? Or would you rather start your day doing the things that are important to you knowing that they will have your full undivided attention?
Now, for your sake, I hope you chose the latter of the two. I mean, if something is important to you, wouldn’t you rather achieve that task instead of achieving tasks that aren’t going to bring any value to your life? If something matters to you, wouldn’t you actually want to do it now instead of saving it for later?
The energy that we are given with each day is limited. We start each day with energy, and as the day goes on, what happens to that energy? It slowly diminishes as the minutes go by until we are left with zero energy left over towards the end of the day. Wouldn’t it only make sense to do the important things right away in the morning to ensure that they get done?
Taking it a step further.
Keller uses the example to describe willpower, but it is more than just about willpower, it is about life. Whatever you wish to achieve over the course of your life, just do it. If it matters to you, do it now as tomorrow is never guaranteed.
We only have so much time and energy remaining in our lives. As time goes on, the amount of time that we have left is slowly diminishing, and so too is the energy that we have to live the life that we want to live and create the memories that we want to create.
Far too often, and again, I am guilty of this too, we choose to spend our lives doing things that are not bringing value to us. We push aside our wants and desires with the hope that we will go back to them when we feel more comfortable financially, have a solid back up plan, or have more time on our hands.
This, my friends, is the definition of both procrastination and/or fear. We procrastinate on the things that we want to actually do with our lives because we fear the outcome of failure. The simple truth is that we are never going to get this time back. Our internal clocks are ticking, and they are only ticking down.
There is no starting over, there is no second chance at living this life, and there is no possibility to add any time that has already passed us by. This is it. Whatever you want to do and if it matters, do it now. Don’t waste any more of your precious energy on things that don’t provide value to your life because you never know when you might run dry.
Don’t think, just act.
I want to thank you for even reading this. Because I was able to share this, it made me realize that I am talking to myself in this.
For the last month or so, I haven’t really been happy at my job. While I love the people that I work with and the company that I work for, the role itself is less than appealing. That, and I want to travel, I want to create my own life, and I want to live for the moment.
I’m not sad, but rather eager. For the first time in my life, I believe in myself enough to take the next step, to take a risk on myself, and just go for it. I spent all day today looking for new jobs, and some of them were across the country. I know that unless I give myself the chance, and unless I actually take the risk, then I am never going to know what my life could have looked like.
I’m not thinking, I’m just acting, acting on what my heart is telling me to do. No more doing the things that won’t benefit me in the long run. From here on out, I am making myself a priority, and I am doing it now.
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