“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect.
“Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.
What are you going to do “someday” ? Here we are already at the end of the first quarter. How are those new year resolutions going?
Yeah, I thought so.
The good news? You can still do it NOW! It doesn’t matter what it is, the 10 pounds to lose. The project you were going to start.
That cute somebody you’ve wanted to ask out. The apology you need to give. Now is the time.
I got a good lesson about “someday” at a young age. My Father passed when I was 25. He was only 45 years old.
There was still a long list of things we were going to do “someday”. The fishing trip. The ball game. The business we were going to start.
Dad really did take those things to the grave with him. I’m grateful for the time we did have, but there should have been so much more.
The one good thing that came from this was my lesson about someday. It didn’t happen over night, but that was when I quite waiting for someday.
I changed how I treated people, I changed how I treated myself. I quit putting things off. I especially quit putting off the fun things
I asked the pretty girl out the first time I thought of it! I got the steak, I ordered the good wine.
But most of all, I became acutely aware of how I spent my time. Time is the only asset we have that, once spent, can’t be replaced.
We spend a good portion of our lives working, so I had to reassess how I was going to make my living.
I already was working in a job that allowed me more time off than most, but it wasn’t enough. I wanted and needed
to better control my time and therefore, my life. For me, that meant self employment and my own business.
Now this is an important point, I didn’t start my business to make more money or get rich.
I started a business to have control over my own lifestyle!
This is key, freedom of time and movement is what drove me and motivated me. The simple freedom to choose how I was going to spend my days
and spend my life. The freedom to take a long vacation. As Tim Ferriss has said, “Two weeks is too weak.”
I was able to take 1-2 month vacations! Have you ever been away long enough to actually decide that you have had the time
you need and you’re actually ready to go home? It’s a pretty sweet feeling!
But it’s not always about the vacations or crazy things. Sometimes the most rewarding moments are the little details.
Sometimes it isn’t about the freedom to go, but the freedom to stay.
Like sitting and having that extra cup of coffee with a friend, because you can! Or staying a few extra days with family when you don’t have to be home for work.
No rush in the morning, no traffic in the evening. Never missing another ball game or recital with your kids.
What is your “WHY”? What is it that you would do today if you didn’t have to answer to the bell.
Think about that and let me know, either here or on my Facebook page here, https://www.facebook.com/keith.palmateer
And if you are ready… REALLY ready? Click on that link to the right and come see how I do what I want, when I want, all day, every day.