“What is stopping you from starting to learn an instrument today? What’s stopping you from eating better starting with your next diet decision? What’s preventing you from working out when you get home from work today, or before work tomorrow?”

All You Have is Right NOW

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I was recently having a conversation with someone who told me she really wished she could play an instrument. Wished she could play an instrument. And it’s right around this time of year, as we get into the holidays, that I start to hear people setting New Year’s resolutions. To eat a better diet, to exercise 4 days a week, to write a book.

Why wait? Why. Wait? And I ask people that, to their face I ask them what are you waiting for. What is stopping you from starting to learn an instrument today? What’s stopping you from eating better starting with your next diet decision? What’s preventing you from working out when you get home from work today, or before work tomorrow?

You might have legitimate reasons. I recognize that. Or maybe just fun reasons, like you’ve got a friend’s birthday party and there’s no way you’re skipping a beer and a slice of cake. That’s fine. Totally fine. But that still doesn’t mean you can’t put the wheels into motion right now. Because just about everything that anyone’s ever accomplished had to start with wheels being put into motion, which became a series of planned actions, which developed into habits. Not everyone went 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds to move or climb mountains. Small improvements RIGHT NOW will begin developing those habits, which will allow you quite literally to achieve your dreams.

All you have is right now. I’m not saying, “seize the day,” drop your mundane responsibilities and literally live everyday like it’s your last. I’m not saying that. What I’m saying is, if you have anything in your head that you’d like to accomplish, put it out in the world. And if you do, start today.

There should never be a situation where a sentence like, “I wish I could play an instrument” makes any sense. There are a lot of instruments. There are a lot of resources to teach yourself, and surely you have access to friends or professionals who could help you start. Most instruments have inexpensive options you can get started on. So what is it that’s stopping you? The only thing, the absolute only thing stopping you… is you. You are the reason you WISH you played an instrument, and YOU are the reason you don’t. And guess what? There’s something beautiful to find in that statement. Because in the exact same way, YOU have the power to change that right now.

Because all you have is right now. You may not have tomorrow. There are essentially two things in this world that are real — YOUR perception, and THIS moment. Take it. It is all yours.