I recently had to admit something to myself, but I’ve been pushing back on it for a long time.
My conclusion is this – circumstances will never be perfect.
Even if my wildest dreams become a reality – and I’m not saying they won’t – I will always have challenges to deal with. In fact, it seems like the more you push yourself, the greater the challenges become.
Why was this important to admit to myself?
Because, in spite of the many things that are – and have been – going well in my life, there have also been those that haven’t gone according to plan.
Making a Living is Nothing but a Headache
Just yesterday, I had a migraine. I haven’t been getting them for three years, but for some reason I started getting them again this year. They haven’t been coming on all the time, but when they do, they can put a dent in one’s plans (I’m as good as incapacitated for the rest of the day once they hit).
Just today, I was reflecting on the fact that my business doesn’t earn me a lot of money yet. I make a decent income in the music industry, but I have yet to really “break through” as a music consultant.
That leaves me in a situation in which I need to work for others. Earning a living is certainly important, but if I could be focused on what I love to do all day long, that would be the ideal (I’m sure most of you can relate).
Stuffing Myself at the Buffet of Life
In the midst of everything that I’m doing, I’m also somehow trying to fit a new recording project into my life. It’s crazy, and I don’t know if I even have the time, but I must fit it in somehow. It’s an imperative now.
It’s the story I’ve been living for a long time. Though there are ebbs and flows in my work, high tides and low tides, inevitably I reach a point of being over-committed. It’s a weakness of mine, and I’ve been working on cultivating more focus.
As John Lee Dumas says, it’s better to go a mile deep and an inch wide instead of going a mile wide and an inch deep. That’s how you become good at something.
Screw Perfect Timing – There’s No Such Thing
It’s good to set goals. It’s good to be striving towards achievement. But if you’re waiting around for that magical time when the resources align, when the timing is perfect, when you’re in the right mind space, when you’re in perfect health, you’ll probably be waiting for eternity. You’ll end up regretting a lot of things too.
If you wait for the right moment to make music (as I have at times), you might die with your song still in you (literally).If you wait for the right moment to make music, you might die with your song still in you. Click To Tweet
If you wait for the moment when you’re “fit enough” or ”healthy enough” to start dating (as I have), you might miss out on some great opportunities.
If you wait for the permission to do the things you want to do in this life, you may never make the impact that you’re capable of making.
Screw perfect timing. It doesn’t exist.
I’ve come to realize that I have to do what I can with what I have right now. There is no other choice, so I might as well make the most of it. Circumstances won’t ever be “perfect”. Not now, and not on that magical faraway day when all of my dreams come true. I have caused myself far too much pain holding back.
I’m currently 33. God willing, there’s still a lot of life to live, and my dreams will be fulfilled. God willing, I’ll be on the cover of Guitar World magazine, I’ll fall in love and marry a wonderful woman, and I’ll build a profitable six-figure business.
I share this with you because I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did. Don’t wait. Do something – anything – to start working towards your dreams today.Do something - anything - to start working towards your dreams today. Click To Tweet
Feeling Motivated to Change Your Circumstances?
Are you feeling fired up now? Are you ready to take on the world?
Don’t let that feeling go to waste. If you don’t take action now, nothing will happen. Tomorrow will just be another today. Unless you love today, you probably don’t want to repeat it. I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s the very definition of hell – every day the same as the last.
So, what can you do now to change your life?
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Go on, change your circumstances. Make the changes you need to make now.
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