All too often I make plans that are far off into the future and I completely forget about the here and now. I’ll tell myself, “I’ll start that business next year” or “I’ll look for love 4 months from now”
It doesn’t seem like it is too far away and hey, as long as it is getting done why should I care about when I start? Isn’t it wise to plan ahead and start your adventure whenever your plans tell you too?
The problem is sometimes the world doesn’t work like that. Sometimes opportunity is knocking at the door today and if you don’t take action now you may miss your chance forever.
For instance, there was a time when I was just getting over a breakup and had a trip to California coming up. I decided I would wait until I took my trip before I came back and started to look for someone else that I connected with.
Well, I found someone I liked before the trip began. Instead of waiting to get into a relationship like I had planned I saw opportunity knocking and went after her. It turned out to be a good thing, because it lead to a great experience and a great relationship that I would have completely missed had I decided to wait until my trip had come and went before I put myself back on the market.
It is Ok to make plans for the future …. It is, but no matter what you are planning you have to realize that opportunity and the universe around you may not fit into your schedule.
Sometimes you have to change and adapt to the world around you as new opportunities pop up and new situations arrive. If you don’t you may miss out on making something truly remarkable.
You may miss out on life! You will always regret the chances you don’t take. You simply don’t know what will come out of it, so being a little flexible and a little impulsive can take you farther than being too logical and restraining yourself to a set schedule all of the time.
The same idea can be applied to all areas of life. Nothing major has ever happened to projects that I have put off until a later date. It doesn’t matter if I tell myself that I will start the project
in 6 months or in a year. When I plan to do something in the far away future that time usually never comes. By the time the date arrives I am usually so busy in whatever else I have to do in life that I might as well keep pushing it back. As a result it becomes more of a dream then a reality.
Projects that I have jumped right into, however, have given me a great learning experience and brought something into my life that I didn’t have before.
Instead of planning on doing something next year make time for it today. Start now or start as soon as you can. By doing so you are guaranteeing that you will actually begin your journey and you will arrive at your final destination that much sooner.
The Problem With Planning So Far Off Into The Future
If you have a goal in life it is so easy to say “I don’t have time right now, but I’ll start next year”. It is easy to postpone things, especially if you already have a busy schedule.
By saying you will start your business next year you miss out of the opportunity to start it today to and learn a lot about what it takes to run a business. You miss out on the potential that your business could have brought to you and you miss out on other avenues that it could have lead you to.
When you postpone building relationships you lose all the potential that could have came out of those relationships. When you postpone your passion you miss what your passion could have brought to you and to the world.
When we plan too far away it doesn’t seem real anymore. It becomes easy to lose your motivation and to say; well I’ll start it in the future so I don’t have to worry about it today. By starting today we change all this. We begin to look for opportunities and try new things. We begin to make a push towards the life that we dream of.
Life is too short to wait until the future to get going. Start today and you will see your results much faster than if you wait until you have more time or you wait until everything is perfect.
Make a habit to start now and you will actually see results. Put it off until the future and you will lose the experience of starting now and everything that experience could have brought you.