You know what's just right? Right now.
How many times have you heard yourself utter these very words.
- It's not the right time.
- It's not quite there yet
- It's not as good as ___ insert whatever here
- When I've got more time
- When I've lost that last bit of weight
Look, let's get real. It could always be better, we're all busy, no, scratch that we're all crazy busy and you know what?
It's always going to be the case.
There's always going to be a job to do, a house to clean, kids to feed, pets to take care of someone's birthday party to attend or twenty-million-other seemingly right now priorities to take care of, blah-de-blah
Let me tell you, procrastination and postponing are more than dangerous habits. They steal entire periods of our lives. If you want to be stuck, bored or just plain pissed off then procrastination central is the place for you. Unlaunched businesses, unfulfilled dreams, untaken holidays and unmet wishes are all housed right here.
So, my question to you today is this. Why would you even want that for yourself (obvs you don't or you wouldn't be here) and what are you putting off because you haven't got time to make it perfect?
Building a website? Writing that book? Starting a blog? Finishing a project and putting it out to the world? Wearing that dress? Attending the events?
I came up against this very thing a couple of weeks ago when I was re-doing the website for The Female CEO. I was doing well too, I hadn't compared it to anyone else's, I'd actually allowed it to manifest itself into the exact vision I'd held for it and then at the last minute..
I swear I just took a peek at a couple of other sites but before I knew it everything was wrong. It was too plain, too pink, too magazine-y, too girlie and not girlie enough and my picture was too big. Look at the size of my moon face?!
I'd been here before, only last time it was when I was writing my book and I had allowed that same fear to stop me hitting the publish button when it was finished. Finished I tell you! All I had to do was push the effing button. Nope. It took me 12 whole months to love it enough again to bring it to life.
Twelve months! That's 365 days I could have been not secretly thinking about it lurking in my dropbox and beating myself up mentally and worse, it could have been helping people for an entire year before I actually allowed it to be seen! So this time I decided that I wasn't going to allow that fear to stop me. For me, the thought of my actions (or inactions) stopping others getting something they needed was the game changer. It could be one of a million reasons for you but I challenge you to that very thing.
Look for the reason bigger than your fear or the false comfort of procrastination.
I promise you, there isn't a better time than now, no matter what else is going on there will never be a better time to just get it done because when you wait, you lose.
While you wait, someone else is making the time to put it out there and you know what? They're not ready either but the difference is that they aren't taking any crap from themselves, they're ready to push the button, make some money, generate some followers and take some action and look fucking fabulous.
Remember, because of you and your work the world will be a better place. Your action will show them that it's possible. You are bigger than your doubts and you made it happen, and they can too.
I'll leave you this week with this kick-ass quote from one of my faves Ash Ambirge
'Good things don’t come to those who wait. Good things come to those who wait for no one'
The time is right now.