“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” By Paulo Coelho
This quote gives me a pain in my chest. I feel this everyday of my life and by itself, it isn’t helpful. On the contrary, it has become de-motivational even demoralizing. By itself, it plays on my fears of failure and stops me from taking chances. There’s one powerful reminder I use to quickly overcome the anxiety caused by this quote.
IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE TAKEN ALONE!
We don’t have to make our choices an either-or decision. Fulfilling ones responsibilities doesn’t mean we can’t make time to do the things we love. Fulfilling ones responsibilities can offer us the chance to pause and reflect on what we really want and why we want it. I grew up with a Mom teaching the dogma of never putting off to tomorrow what could be done today, and yet I am a world class procrastinator. I daydream and fantasize about a better life with the best of them. Sometimes, I realize those things I want to do less, and thankfully only a few of my responsibilities fall in this category, are there for comparison to the things I really love doing. They incentivizes me to make time for what I love.
Do it now, can mean to take action. Even dedicating unshakable times in your busy schedule to do what you love is taking action. Accepting balance in your life can also be helpful. Taking actions to get to where you want to be, is also doing it now. Take that first step and take it now.