As you are probably aware, being too late is one of the most commonly used excuses given in todays society, and it would be massively hypocritical of me to say I wasn’t in a habit of saying this too.
So, what do I mean by being too late?
The dictionary meaning of late is:
Doing something or taking place after the expected, proper or usual time– Late
Gaining the ‘not late’ mentality
So this could be trying to start a business, but saying your too late into the market, me being a GREAT example. Here I am trying to improve your life in the extremely over-crowded self-improvement industry, writing a blog, which some of my competitors have been doing for at least a decade. I could easily say I’m too late, but I’m here to offer a better experience than my competitors.
You could be thinking you can’t ask that person to marry you after knowing them for 10 years, that your too old to take up a new career, a new sport or a new skill. Let me tell you this.
- Somebody can finish university at 21 and not get a job till they’re 26, where somebody else can leave school at 16 and be a millionaire by 21.
- Somebody can get married at 18, but have a divorce 5 years after, where somebody else can not get married till 30 but find true love and keep them till death tears them apart.
- Somebody can get cancer at 18, but cure it at 30, where somebody might die instantly at 35 from a car crash.
You are not early.
You are not late.
You are right on time.
Having this mentality will help you to also work harder, giving you less excuses and more reasons to get your head down and graft. Thinking that whatever happens in the future, is meant to happen to get you to where you need to be, but this needs to be controlled by your current actions.
Everybody has their own time zones with their own speed that their clocks tick at. California is 3 hours behind New York, but that doesn’t mean they’re late. Australia is 6 hours ahead of Dubai, yet they are at no greater advantage. Everybody’s clocks are ticking at a different pace, so don’t worry if somebody is advancing at something faster than you, or if your not gaining traction as fast as you’d hoped. There will be a reason why and a reason to improve. So never stop trying and never give up, because your fate is meant to happen, but is malleable to only your touch.
Don’t hesitate to take action. Your not late. Your not early. Your right on time.
Actions to take away from this and implement immediately
You’re going to hear me say this a lot, but LIST!!!
Listing is a killer method of getting from A to B. For todays action, make a list of 5 things you want to accomplish this year. I suggest making them a tad unrealistic, but only a little bit. For example, I’m on 18k a year, but I aim to make 20k this year, how will I make 2k outside of work? A bit unrealistic to make more money than my full time job, but it makes you think harder than having a realistic objective and will make you work harder, hence you actually being more likely to get it than setting a realistic objective.