Like DMX says, “Talk is CHEAP, Mother*****.” It’s great to tell the world your goals and to say what you gon do. However, at some point you have to act on it. In other words, make it so your actions speak so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying. When it comes to talking about things, no one cares what you “would do” if you were in a certain situation. Instead, try being in that situation and actually do it. You’ll hear people say all the time, “I woulda juked in instead of out” or “I woulda lead off with this song instead” or “I woulda wore a different outfit” and so on. Cool. They are doing and not just talking.
Many of us might not read enough, might not have enough information to act on anything. However, there are still plenty of us stuck in this cycle of reading about this and that, finding out the best ways to lose weight, or the best stocks to invest in, or the best camera to buy. or the whatever. This leads to, you guessed it, not doing a damn thing. Just collecting information, like collecting anything, you can never have enough. So, at some point put the book, magazine, computer down and do. We grow exponentially through our own personal experiences.
We live in a day and age where we are able to access information and gain knowledge just at the click of a button. If knowing stuff ever got anyone anywhere without action, I’d love to know about them. Knowing is not enough, never has been, never will be. You must put that knowledge into action in order to see any return on that investment. Spend time learning and doing.
There will never be a perfect time to act. Right? So, what better time than now? You can’t go back in time, though I know a lot of us wish we could. But, since we can’t, we can only do things right now. Look at yourself months or years from now, we don’t want to be in that place and wish we could go back to right now and wish we did something differently. Usually people do not regret the things that they have done but rather the things they wish they would have done. Everything we do is a learning experience. Everything we don’t do is… nothing.
All my regrets at the young age of 27* are things I did not do. A few of them include my regret not getting a personal trainer/coach to train me for the NFL proday and having waited so long to start blogging. For both of them, what held me back was the thought of sucking. I wasn’t even going to attempt proday because I didn’t want to embarrass myself. Ultimately I was convinced to go last minute and am glad I at least went and gave it my all. As for waiting forever to start a blog, I thought no one would want to hear what I have to say. What if I sound dumb, or what if I’m wrong about something and it’s out there for life? All of these fears stopped me from doing, but once I was able to not worry about them and actually take action in doing them, I couldn’t be happier in the decisions.
I understand there are reasons that are holding you back from doing what you say you will. But these obstacles are only there to try to deter you from acting on your wants and achieving your goals. Usually they are just constructs of the mind, a mind of which you have control over. Get out there and start actually chasing your dreams, not just talking about it. Stop creating regret after regret by waiting for that “perfect time.” Learning to do things that scare the piss out of you is the true Power of Strength. And now is the perfect time.
"The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."--Nelson Mandela