The Time Is Now

What do you want to do with your life? Who do you want to be? Where do you want to go? What do you want to change? How long have you procrastinated? What are you waiting for? What's holding you back? Years ago I used to think I had to be 100% ready for something before I "tried it." What does "ready" really mean? I would ask myself, "Do I have enough money? Do I have the right connections? Do I have enough skills and expertise? Will they like me? Will they give me a fair chance? What if I fail? What if it doesn't work out? People said I was crazy for trying this and that, what if they're right? What if I'm just dreaming to big? 

The Time Is Now

Those questions in my mind would go on and on. I realized that I was holding myself back with all the questions and limiting my potential in this world. It's ok to brainstorm and make plans, but if you continue to question yourself with no action you will forever be stuck in the same place. 

Those questions continued to put fear and doubt in my mind so heavily that I began to believe those fearful thoughts. I began to wonder, maybe this isn't for me or maybe that is just too far outside of my reach.

As the years flew by and the more life experiences I gained, I learned more about myself, built my self-confidence, and strengthened my self-love. I now love myself for who I am and not afraid to take risks on ME. 

I realized that I will never have "enough" money saved. Once I have "enough" money saved, I will feel like I need to have more and more money saved. It's best to just start with what you have. If that means you only have $300, then roll with that. If you do the work, more money will come at the right times. 

When selected for opportunities, most times it's about who you know not what you know. I use to think that if I didn't know anyone I wouldn't get to the next level. Once I threw out that old myth, I received plenty of wonderful opportunities based on ME and not who I knew. I do value the power of building and nurturing relationships. Although connections are key in your personal life and business life, don't count yourself out and not pursue something just because you don't know anyone. Don't wait for the right connection. Go for it now. Show them who you are and what you can do. Most importantly, show YOU to yourself. 

I used to underestimate my skills and expertise. Although I have a lot of experience, I still felt it wasn't enough because of the things I didn't know. We must highlight our worth and use what we know to our advantage. From personal to business experiences, I have a wealth of knowledge to share with others. You have it too. Appreciate what you have to offer and use that as the foundation to continue building and growing. 

I used to want to be liked by everyone, but not anymore. I no longer need the approval and validation from "everyone." I'd rather have a few people who genuinely care for me, than to have an overflow of people who "fake" care about me. No matter how great we are or aren't, some people will like us and some will not. Everyone isn't meant for everybody, and that's ok. Live your life and run it the way you want. Those who support you will be there, and those who don't won't.

I no longer wonder if "they" will give me a chance. I've learned to create my own opportunities. Waiting for others will have you missing out. How can you put all of your faith and trust in others when you don't do the same for yourself? Give yourself a chance and believe you're worthy. 

I no longer wonder if I will fail. If you start off with negative thoughts, you're just fueling your downfall. Failure isn't a bad thing. So many blessings have come from failure for so many people. During that failure, it may not feel good, but the more you experience failure it builds strength and character. Keep in mind, failure is a temporary obstacle that pushes you to the next level. Sometimes you won't be granted access to that next level until you experience that failure first. Don't be ashamed or embarrassed by failure. Embrace it as part of the process.

I no longer wonder if things don't work out or if I'm dreaming too big. You shouldn't either because worry helps nothing. It only makes life more difficult. Don't lose sight of your dreams and goals. Always remember your "why" because you will need those reminders when life brings on those challenges. Even the most successful people in the world have experienced multiple failures. They were told they had crazy ideas and would never make it, but look at them now. Look at Oprah? Tyler Perry? Vera Wang? Mark Zuckerburg? Steve Harvey? Dave Ramsey? These are all highly successful people who had doubters and naysayers, but they didn't allow that negative influence to stop them. They kept working, pushing and believing that they were worthy of greatness. 

The Take-Away

Be you. Do you. Believe in yourself. Don't be afraid of risks. Jump head first. Leap to the next levels. Don't waste time. Don't wait until you have this and that ready. Start with what you have now and where you are now. The longer you wait, the more "excuses" you will create. The time is now. What do you have to lose? Whatever you've been thinking about, dreaming about or fantasizing about doing, start making it your reality today. Don't allow another month, a year, 5 years or 10 years go by wishing you should have started earlier. Start now. Start today. You can do it, but you have to believe it and take action NOW and not LATER!