“Morgen, morgen, nur nicht heute, sagen alle faulen Leute.” A German saying that translates equally great into English; “tomorrow, tomorrow, not today; is what all lazy people say.” No, this is not an insult, although it may be construed as such. To me, this has always been an inspiration to get my butt in gear and start moving.
Why is it so important to start today? Why can’t things wait until tomorrow, or maybe the day after that? Or how about next week, or when we have the money, resources, time, blah, blah, blah! It is important to start today, because putting things off just means that you are feeding the cycle of making excuses. You cannot actively take part in your life, if you keep waiting, because waiting is passive and doesn’t accomplish anything. Plus, why would you want to waste even another moment, if you can get started on your better life today?
Maybe you are going to argue that your life doesn’t need improvement. But then, I know very few people who wouldn’t welcome improvements in their life. Personally, I believe that there is always room for growth, no matter how well you are doing. Complacency and stagnation are the death to personal advancement.
So, start making a list of things you want! Maybe you always wanted to take an art class? Maybe you wanted to travel to a specific place, or learn another language. The sky is the limit when it comes to your dreams. If you are planning on really improving your life because you are feeling defeated, depressed or miserable, you may want to start with things that would have an immediate impact on your self-esteem. Set reasonable goals, for example, losing 5 lbs. within a month, signing up with a gym, looking for a new job, etc. Anything that allows you to actively take a step further towards the person you want to be, while making you feel good about the fact that you are taking action, is a worthwhile activity to engage in.
Good things don’t come to those who wait. Good things come to those who take action. YOU are the master of your own destiny, so grab the opportunity by the horns and start creating!