Start where you are

photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

When I lose 10 pounds, then I’ll start running.

When I get a new job, then I’ll start saving money.

When I have more time, I’ll get organized.

When I have a partner, then I’ll start going out more.

Do any of these sound familiar? They do to me. Long lists of things we tell ourselves to avoid doing the things we really want…the things that scare us…the things at which we may fail. These lists keep us safe, or at least we think they do. They also keep us stuck.

On Wednesday, we will be exactly half way through 2015. How are those New Year’s resolutions? A distant memory? Something you don’t have to think about for another 6 months?

What if you started today? Right now. Without any qualifiers or a special date on the calendar; without any excuses. Where would you be in 6 months?

The truth is, you don’t need a special date on the calendar to make a change. All you need is to make the choice and to start where you are. Make your own special date on the calendar.

In 2002, I did just that. I was 3 months away from getting married and something, somewhere inside me knew it wasn’t right. On January 5, a very average day, I came home from seeing a movie with friends and broke up with my fiance. I had no plan, no apartment waiting for me, and no idea what was next. I did what I could and I used what I had. It wasn’t easy, but it was possible. Had I taken the time to go through the whole “when I have the money, or the apartment, or the plan” conversation in my head, I probably would have just married the guy and continued to be miserable.

Change starts when and how you want it to. It can start right now, or in 10 years…but just imagine what could happen in 10 years if you start right now…

Thanks for being on this journey with me.


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