Far too often in our daily lives, we have all heard that “It’s never too late” to start something new. For me, that mantra simply isn’t how I want to live the rest of my life. Life is too short and too precious to give myself an excuse to put something off until tomorrow.
Instead, I firmly believe…
It’s never too early to start something new.
Just imagine for a moment consciously living your life looking forward to accomplishing something new instead of regretting what hasn’t even happened. Maybe this involves reading a new novel, listening to a new album, organizing a trip abroad, or simply making a concerted effort to spend more time outside in nature. Now ask yourself this: what reasons do you come up with every day to keep putting these things off?
The straightforward answer is that there aren’t any valid reasons. We have simply conditioned ourselves to be complacent and wait for good things to happen. It is incredibly easy to become content, to not question or challenge events or situations in our lives. Think about this example of two runners—one on a treadmill and the other on a wooded trail. One of these runners is bound by the limitations of their treadmill: the incline, the speed, and the firmness of the belt are all constraints placed on the runner. The treadmill’s belt moves but the runner always stays in one position. The miles tick by, but the view never changes.
Now, think about the runner on the wooded trail. His/her experience is not only different, it’s more fulfilling. A map may be consulted beforehand, every step must be thought out, the weather is certainly unpredictable, and the view changes constantly. Each stride brings a new experience and the trail runner owes it all to him or herself. He/she didn’t rely on electricity to power a treadmill or the hours that a gym is open. He/she created and took advantage of an opportunity to experience something new.
Finally, think about these trail runners, not as strangers, but as your family members, co-workers, and friends. They stepped off the 9 to 5 treadmill that consumes so many people’s lives and they charted their own course. They decided to use their initiative to see something that they may never have seen before and may never see again, and they spent time with their partner that no one could ever take back. But, most importantly, they’re doing it at their own pace because they have taken charge of their future.
So…where does that leave you? Start small: tread new territory, break out of your comfort zone, amplify a typically mundane task, and most importantly, as you’re preparing to leave for work or school or errands today, don’t think about what you’ll do…
Think about what you are going to start today!