Today I am sitting in a tiny house I helped build and writing. I now get paid to write. I always wanted to write but it seemed like an entirely impractical job. So, I got a practical one. And I waited.
All those years I waited I was really good at making excuses why I couldn't do anything.
- I can start writing as soon as I have saved enough money.
- No one is interested in the things I'm writing.
- I can't quit my job now, I need insurance.
- When the mortgage is paid off I can start.
- My job is good, I would be an idiot to leave.
The longer I made excuses the easier it was not to do the things I really wanted to do. I became comfortable and complacent. I followed the path of least resistance because it was easier.
There is a lot of risk inherent in all of the things I've done over the last few years. Building a tiny home is risky. Quitting a well-paying job is risky. But I finally realized that the benefits outweighed the risks. I'm not saying I wasn't scared. I was terrified. I also knew that I was the only thing standing in my own way.
When the days I came home in tears outnumbered the days I came home feeling pretty okay, I couldn't wait any more.
It is easy to make excuses. It is easy to sit back and say you should wait until the right time or until you're ready. Maybe you would argue that I was ready when I finally took that leap. I would absolutely say that I'm still not entirely ready. But I also wasn't content to stay where I was any more. I decided against the devil I knew and headed directly into the arms of the one I didn't. I did it because I couldn't do the other thing one day more.
Humans are really good at self-defeating behavior. There are always the reasons we can't do things but we hardly ever think about "what happens if I do it anyway?" All of the people we look at and see as successes and role models have one thing in common. They stopped making excuses. Instead they said "Why not?"
What is holding you back from doing what you want to do?