There have been many times in my life so far that I have had pretty brilliant ideas that I haven’t acted upon.
During these periods I believed that I lacked motivation. I would then go on to kid myself that I would later find it. I fell into this nonsense notion of, ‘the right time’.
But it was more recently that I learned something very interesting about my own psychology, and it’s changed my life for the better. I learned that our brains are hardwired to protect us, to keep us from harm. It’s seems obvious, doesn’t it? Of course, our brains tell us not to walk into a busy road or walk down a dark scary alley.
But what about the little things our brains try to stop us from doing? Are we truly aware of those?
I know I wasn’t.
“It’s too hard to sleep less than 8 hours a night, I won’t keep it up.”
“It’s too time-consuming to read 20 pages of a book per day. I couldn’t do it.”
“I can’t imagine myself eating healthy food all week. I’ll crave something nicer. I can’t do it.”
All of these things listed above are some of the many ways that our brains try to protect us from danger and the unknown. On an instinctive level, they tell us to do something easier. They tell us to play it safe.
The reality is this: building, progressing, achieving stuff… It’s hard.
It’s stressful at times, it’s often uncertain, and it can feel bloody scary. But the truth is that there will never be a right time.
Imagine if you knew you weren’t going to live for more than another 5 years.
If you knew that for certain, imagine how that would change your plans for today. You’d know exactly what you needed to do, rather than making excuses and convincing yourself that it will be better for you to do whatever it is at some point in the future.
It won’t. Act today. Don’t hesitate. Get stuff done, and change your life.