Do It Today: Stop Waiting for the Right Time


Do It Today: Stop Waiting for the Right Time

There’s never a better time than the present. Too often, we wait for the perfect time to start losing weight, build a business, save money, or have children. Time is constantly passing, and there’s no time to wait!

There’s also never going to be a perfect time. You can start working out today! You don’t need to wait for Monday, or the first of the month, or the first of the year. There will never be a perfect time to start.

Instead of waiting for the perfect time, get started today and make the most of the present moment.

Taking action is often better than waiting. See why:

  1. There’s always a way. You can’t control time, but you can control how you use it. Rather than waiting, use your determination and ingenuity to find a way to make the present work for you. Take the opportunities you have and figure out how to bring them to fruition. You can always find a way.
  2. Progress is often slow, so get started as soon as possible. It can take a while to build momentum, so it only makes sense to begin building it immediately. Success can take time. How much time do you have? You really don’t know. One thing is for certain: the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll taste success.
  3. You learn more. The sooner you start doing something, the sooner your education begins. You learn nothing from waiting. The more you know, the easier it is to be successful and to enjoy your life.
  4. Ignore the excuses. You can always invent an excuse to justify postponing action. Most people do this on a daily basis. Do you want the same results as the average person? A year from now, you’ll still have plenty of excuses, but you won’t be any closer to your goal. Forget the excuses and take action.
  5. You’ll be pleased with yourself. Imagine you’re old and at the end of your life. Do you think you’ll regret the things you did, or the opportunities you failed to act upon? You’ll regret your inaction much more than the actions you took. No one wants to die full of regret.

Taking action right now is better than waiting for the perfect moment in the future. That time will never come. Take advantage of today and begin making progress and building momentum.

Begin taking action today with these strategies:

  1. Create a plan that you can begin executing immediately. Your plan should include actions that you can take either today or tomorrow at the latest.
  2. Consider the likely obstacles. What roadblocks are you likely to run into? What can you do to prepare for them? Do you have any solutions? What resources do you have available to you?
  3. Create a reward system. Obviously, you have some resistance to getting started, or you would’ve already gotten started. Encourage yourself to take action by promising yourself a small reward after accomplishing a task or two toward your goal.
  4. Be persistent. Make a habit of taking a small action each day. Small actions might seem like they accomplish little, but the effect is cumulative. Just keep going!

Life can only be lived in the present. Waiting for some unspecified, magical time in the future is a waste of your life. You can get started right here and now! There’s no time like the present to begin living your life fully. What are you waiting for?

By this time next year, you could either change your life significantly or still be stuck. Take control of your life, starting today. You’ll be glad you did.


Success and the Law of Cause and Effect

The idea of cause and effect has been touted by the Buddha and scientists alike. The idea is simple: actions have effects, and effects are the result of actions.

For example, saving money leads to a certain effect. Spending money has a different set of effects.

This simple idea isn’t challenging to understand, but it’s easy to underestimate the power it holds. The right action will bring the results you desire.

Use the law of cause and effect to your advantage:

  1. Your results are the product of your actions.
    This is good news. This means you have responsibility for the results you’re creating in your life. Everything that’s happened, good or bad, is largely your own doing. You’re a powerful creature with the power to shape your environment and experience.
  2. You can create new results by changing your actions.
    If you’re displeased with your results, you can change them by taking a new course of action. The results you desire only require taking the right actions. It’s only necessary to correctly identify those actions and then to have the courage to change them.
  3. Review your past results.
    Look at the best and worst times of your life. Identify the actions that led to those good and bad results. Whether it was winning a race, dealing with an awful relationship, or breaking your leg, think about your contribution to those situations. What was your part in creating those results?
    ◦ How can you apply that information to better your life now? How can you use that experience to avoid reliving those negative results?
  4. It’s not personal.
    The law of cause and effect is based on the idea that your actions lead to your results. There’s not a mystical force working for you or against you. The universe doesn’t play favorites.
  5. Identify the actions that will lead the effect you desire.
    If you want to lose weight, what do you need to do? What do you need to avoid doing? Exercising daily has a certain effect. Eating a bowl of ice cream before bed also has an effect. What “cause” do you need to perform to get the effect you want?
  6. Take massive action.
    Action leads to results. The only way to get great results is to take a lot of action. Figure out what the most important actions are and get busy. You’ll find that the most successful people find a way to do what they need to do to get the results they desire.
  7. Avoid giving up.
    If your actions are the cause that lead to a desired effect, it doesn’t make sense to ever give up. You might need to find a different action to take, but action is the answer to getting what you want. Learn to persevere even when things aren’t going your way.
  8. Take credit for your successes and failures.
    When things are going well, celebrate. You deserve it. When things are going poorly, recognize that you need to find a more effective way to do things if you want different results.

Use the law of cause and effect to create the life you desire. If you’re not getting the results you want in life, you’re not taking the right actions. It’s that simple.

Take the best course of action you can determine and note the results. Keep adjusting your actions until the results please you. There’s no way to fail if you don’t quit.

The law of cause and effect is a powerful ally on your road to success.

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