The old adage “there’s no time like the present” was first noted in 1562 by John Trusler. Trusler was a compiler of proverbs and the full saying actually reads, So, “No time like the present, a thousand unforeseen circumstances may interrupt you at a future time”. And even Ben Franklin felt the sentiment and is penned for saying, “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today” (ONTARGET College Consulting, 2017). So, lets dive into this a little more.
Time and time again we get these awesome ideas, that we dream up awesome plans for, that we never do anything about. Let me be honest; I have had a lot of these. I can think of the most amazing blog topic to write about, or a quote to share, or a home project that would be a great DIY and then I just never do it. I don’t fall through because I’m not in love with the idea, but I fall through because I ask myself, “when would I even have the time?” Moms and parents in general are often struggling with how to make time for more things. We probably all experience this. Prioritizing time is hard but it is essential. We make time for the things we want time for. Not only this but we incorporate it into our day so that it becomes part of our lifestyle. Waiting around for the RIGHT time is like waiting for March 33rd; its not coming.
There is no such thing as the right time. The right time does not exist. Life ebs and flows. No matter what you decided to do there will always be a constant adjustment to life and what it brings. If you want to start a business, write a book, build a brand, open a daycare, or take a new class there is no right time; the time is now. The difference between now and later is commitment. When you decide to push a goal or a plan to a later date, you have no real commitment to it. When you decide to do this now and put action to it you have already committed yourself to it. Writing it down actually starts the process. Tell it to a friend and ask them to help keep you accountable. I’m not even talking about big ideas, I mean that massage you know your body needs or the pedicure you just won’t go get.
Hear me out. Many excuses about why we can’t do it right involves work or your children. You don’t perform well when you’re not feeling your best. Feeling unfulfilled means you can’t do your best. I always remind myself that I can’t take care of them if I’m not taking care of me. My kids and my spouse know that every now and then mama is soaking in a tub with a glass of wine and a locked door. I need it.
Now, let’s talk about the big ideas. I mean that dream you have of opening a coffee shop. Your dream of having your own salon. I’m talking about your dream to leave your job and build your own company. Where is the time? The time is in YOU. The time will come from the sacrifices you’re willing to make. Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream. You have to start somewhere. Most projects I’ve started have been late night or early mornings, up by myself. It’s not easy of course but it’s so worth it to say, “I did that!” I hope that whatever goals you have you start working on them. Make time for what makes you happy. Find supportive people to help push you in the right direction.
There’s no time like the present!