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What if ‘someday’ was today?

31 January 2014

(Posted first by thegirls@naked-ambition.com.au)

When I have more money, when work settles down, when I get a new boss, once I pay off my credit card… all of these sound familiar? Scenarios we’re waiting to play out that put off our goals, how we really want to be spending our time and push us back into the routine of work, relax, repeat. We’re calling on you, ambitious ladies to fast forward past every single one of these and start making your goals a reality, now. Not tomorrow. Not Monday. Not even after lunch.

I’m sure you’ve been told at some stage or another to set goals that are SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-measured. Yawn. We’d like to inspire you to get beyond that. Be unrealistic, dream of something that might seem unattainable. And then go for it.

Tim Ferris says it perfectly in his legendary book that discusses goal-setting - The Four Hour Work Week: “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… If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually’, just do it and correct course along the way.”

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If you’re someone that drowns in analysis paralysis, that is, evaluating the pros and cons of making a decision or a change, don’t forget to evaluate the potential downside of doing nothing. What could it cost you –financially, emotionally, mentally, by doing nothing? Mistakes can be fixed, terrible outcomes can correct themselves but doing nothing produces a definite result: nothing.

In my time at work one of the best lessons I have learned is when you want to work towards something or have a goal in mind, the best thing you can do is to start anywhere, even in the middle, and see what happens. You’ll be very surprised at the result.

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