I was asked this question recently, and it shook me to my core. Over the course of several days that followed, I realized that this is a fear that plagues a lot of people for various reasons:
- Is it too late for me to have a change in career?
- Is it too late for me to have a good relationship with my sister?
- Is it too late for me to be the person God wants me to be?
- Is it too late for me to find someone to love?
The list goes on and on, and my only peace with questions like these is that the answer is almost always NO. As long as we still draw breath, we have an opportunity every single day to do something amazing. Every day that we open our eyes, we accept a challenge to make this day remarkable.
I like to say that I task myself with having a long-term goal active in my life at all times. It helps me to make the best of what would otherwise be down time (I’m not knocking down time. It’s critical sometimes, but things like television and Facebook are time suckers, and there are other things I’d like to accomplish). What if my long-term project was in pursuit of something that changes the arc of my short life? What if I filled the area around the rocks with sand and then water to determine how full my life can actually be?
The absence of hope sounds like “What if it’s too late” to me, and I refuse to live a hopeless life. It is never too late while we’re living to make a change. It is never too late to become better.
I was just reading something recently that said something akin to this:
We have to decide what things are most important to our business. We need to write those down in a list and put a box next to each one of them. At the end of every day, we don’t leave our office until there is a check mark in every single box.
It is simple and, yet, so powerful. We should be doing that every day in all areas of our lives.
So, let’s start today by waking up and asking ourselves how we will change the world today. Let’s make a list and put boxes next to each item. Then, let’s not go to sleep until there’s a mark in every box.
It is not too late, and you can only realize that one way. You must do it. You must change it. You must take responsibility. You must get off the couch. You must make the phone call(s). You must be proactive. You must change your heart. You must smile more. You must love more deeply. You must write that business plan. You must do the ab crunches. You must decide.
Did you previously think it was too late and made a change that proved that wrong? I would love to hear about it! Please drop me a note or comment below and tell me!
Tomorrow Begins Today.