I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time.
“Do not let the fact that things are not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be, stop you. Go on anyway. Everything depends on those who go on anyway.” ~Robert Henri
I like to wait until conditions are perfect before doing things. Little things, big things, anything.
Going to the gym: there are a bunch of reasons that can try and talk me out of going to the gym, even though I really like to workout. Reasons such as the weather, how much time I have (if I can’t work out for at least 45 minutes, why bother?), how recently I’ve eaten, my favorite workout clothes being dirty. . .
If I waited for conditions to be made for me everyday, I would only make it to they gym about once a week.
My website: I have to be in the mood, I need to have everything well-researched, I need to have more time. . .
The result is that my website is incomplete, has been for weeks, and so I can’t promote my business.
Time to go on anyway. How? By getting some sort of draft of the next necessary pages up (services, contact info.). By realizing that my business and every aspect of it is an organic process, which means conditions will never be perfect. Which means there’s no excuse for waiting.
Like, say, writing a novel. I already know I want to write one—it’s been on my life list for a long time. I don’t even care if it’s never published or read by anyone but me. I just want to do it for the experience.
Yet I keep waiting for the conditions to be right: my business up and running so I can dedicate time and energy to fiction writing, to have enough money in the bank that I don’t have to work all the time, for the holidays to be over. . .
Well guess what? Pretty soon I’ll be adding children into that mix and I won’t be writing my novel until I retire.
Yes, I hear you NaNoWriMo.
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While it is necessary to wait for conditions to be right for certain things (like, say, giving birth: wouldn’t want to press on with that until the gestation period was up), most of the time the right time to do something is NOW.
What are you going to press on with, right conditions or not?