Mark Twain said
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
I recently had a discussion with someone on the topic of making a change in their career. They asked if they should do something about it now or wait until the new year for a fresh start. I immediately said “now”. That is always the answer to the question of when you should make a change. Because 3 months from now will always come. And you can be 3 months ahead or just starting. Where would you rather be?
Newtons first law of motion states – “An object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.”
Think about this law in relation to something you need to do. The goal you want to accomplish won’t happen unless YOU take the initiative to get it done. This goal is left undone or at rest until you put it in motion. Once you get it in motion, you will be moving forward! You are that external force that is needed to accomplish great things.
So what’s holding you back from getting things moving on that goal? There are all kinds of excuses…I don’t have time, I don’t know where to start, I’m afraid of failing, etc. These excuses are barriers to your success. The first step to putting things in motion is to identify the barrier that is holding you back. The next step is to debunk that barrier. You can make time if it is important, you and find a good starting point, you can face your fears, etc. The reality is 3 months will turn into 20 years and as Mark Twain says, “you will be more disappointed about what you didn’t do.”
If you are looking to make a change in your career, there is no better time than now! In fact most people start to slow down the job search as the end of the year approaches and just try to coast until the New Year. If that is what everyone else is doing, then you need to do the OPPOSITE! Get it in high gear now! Break through that barrier and outshine the opponents. Move on to the next best thing in your career now and you can celebrate once the New Year starts!