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Three Reasons Why the Worst Time is Actually the Best Time to Do It

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There are less than two weeks left on the countdown to moving day. While my days in Brooklyn are dwindling, my to-do list is not. I still have quite a bit of packing to do and loose ends to tie, but the most important items on my to-do list are visiting the people and places in Brooklyn that I’m going to miss the most.

As anxious as I can get about my upcoming move, it’s nothing compared to that of my friends and family. Their misgivings have led to conversations that are more like interrogations:

Where are you going to live? What are you going to do about work? How will you manage when you only know three people in the entire state? 

Everyone wants to — no, needs to — know how I plan to navigate life away from the only home I’ve ever known. And when they learn that I don’t have clear answers to any of their questions, they want to — no, need to — know: why do you have to do this now?

My family and friends love me too much to tell me what’s obviously on their minds: it’s the worst time for me to move. I neither have a place to live beyond my first two weeks in the city nor a job lined up yet. All I know for sure is that I’m moving to Charlotte, NC in 13 days and all I have is a commitment to making it work. It probably is the worst time for me to move. It’s probably the worst time for you to write that book. Or start training for that marathon. Or pay that debt. And that’s why it’s also the best time for us to do it, because:

There will never be a perfect time // It simply does not exist. We’ll accomplish nothing more than waiting while watching the clock. Nothing productive anyway. While we’re waiting, we’re stagnating and moving further away from our goals. The perfect time is always now.

“Do not wait; the time will never be “just right”. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”― Napoleon Hill, Author

There may never be another opportunity // Our entire lives can change in the blink of an eye, for better and for worse. That’s why it’s important not to take a single moment for granted. Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone and life is too short to be filled with regrets. Jump in. Now.

“Opportunity does not knock. It presents itself when you best down the door.” Kyle Chandler, Actor

Why not? // We can be our harshest critic, so we make excuses to protect ourselves. One excuse is usually followed by another. The more excuses we make, the less time we have to take action. Stop allowing yourself to play small. That certainly isn’t the goal.

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” ― Jordan Belfort, Author

For you, maybe it’s launching that business. Or booking that flight. Or inviting that special someone on a date. It will always be the worst time unless you decide that it’s best time. The best time is now.

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