There will never be a perfect time in life to do anything. There’s no time like the present.
It’s easy to overthink things – especially if you’re someone like me that can get stuck in your own head pretty easily. I’ve been guilty of “analysis paralysis” so many times that I’ve had to work extremely hard to follow the above philosophy. I’ve gotten very good at realizing that you really do have to make like Nike and “just do it.” What’s the worst that could happen? You fail, and have to try something else? Everyone fails, including the most successful. Working towards building a life that you’re proud of shouldn’t wait until that day where all the stars align so that you won’t make any mistakes. You should start now because perfection doesn’t exist.
If you spend life looking over your shoulder, then you’ll never see what’s in front of you.
Living in the past and counting your “what-ifs” is a recipe for disaster. We’ve all had terrible things happen in some form. We’ve all experienced heartbreak, crumbled over missed opportunities, and perhaps thought that we should have had something that we thought we rightfully deserved. I get it. Now, imagine that you’re in your 20s. If you are already in this state of deep despair and regret, then you have an estimated 50-65 years left of life! It would be a real shame to be regretful for the next 50-60 years. Or, you could realize that you can accomplish a lot in 50-65 years if you’re willing to keep your eyes focused on the present and future. There’s a lot out there – a lot of good opportunities waiting on you to find & act on them.
Ignore the Joneses.
We’ve heard of the Joneses: those unfortunate people that see accumulating material goods as the be-all, end-all to their existence. Maybe they’re your neighbors, or your friends, or your coworkers. Their conspicuous consumption has the effect of making you feel inferior socially & economically if you aren’t able to match their lifestyle. Now, this could affect you either because these people are rubbing their wealth (real or perceived) in others’ faces, or it could be a bit of insecurity on your part. Whatever the case, I’ve come to the conclusion that “The Joneses” are entirely irrelevant. They don’t want what I want out of life, so I have no reason to chase a lifestyle of unnecessary materialism that I’m not necessarily looking to inhabit. As a plus, ignoring the Joneses has the added effect of saving you large sums of money!