What’s the best time to start working towards a goal? Should you wait to start an exercise program until after your vacation? How about waiting to start a business until after the kids are in school? Waiting for New Year’s to make a resolution?
I learned a valuable lesson 15 years ago. My husband and I had been married for 2 years, we wanted kids, but we kept saying to each other, “We should wait to get pregnant until we’ve bought a house. “Let’s wait until we’ve paid off the car.” “Let’s wait until…whatever.”
Thankfully God, blessed us with an unexpected healthy pregnancy anyway, or I wonder if we’d ever have gotten around to starting a family. Three kids later, I can confidently say that there’s never been a good time to start anything.
From little things like, “I’ll wait to do the dishes after the baby falls asleep.” To big things like, “I’ll start flying lessons after my middle child goes to Kindergarten.” (I ended up realizing I was pregnant with my son, which derailed that goal because my belly got big so fast I was afraid I would’t be able to pull the yoke back far enough to get off the ground.”)
You won’t find a perfect time. There will always be things that get in the way of a goal you want to reach. It’s life. Staying focused through those distractions is what makes reaching a goal feel so damn good.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
The Best Time to Start a Weight Loss Goal:
I struggled with procrastinating a goal this month when a friend challenged me to lose 20 pounds in July, before we met at BlogHer in New York, August 2nd. At first I wanted to tell her no, I couldn’t do it because I had the 4th of July, a week of vacation, and 2 birthday parties to attend this month. There were going to be too many tempting things around me to eat, and too many glasses of wine I’d have to pass up.
But thankfully I didn’t listen to that voice of reason, and went for the goal anyway. I’m a little past half way through the month and I’ve lost 9 pounds so far, in spite of the vacation, birthday, and the 4th of July! Will I reach 20 pounds? I’m not sure, but I’m a heck of a lot farther than I would have been had I not started.
When it comes to starting a new goal, I’ve learned to strike while the enthusiasm is high, and leverage the momentum of making progress toward your goals. It helps me to keep the end goal in focus.
Don’t wait for the right time. The right time is now. Get to it!