It’s fair to say we respect signs. We see them when we are driving, we follow them to not get lost on a hiking trail, and we look for them on windows and inside shops for sales and discounts. Physical signs are everywhere and are quite beneficial to our success in navigating the world.
But what about intangible signs? What about the signs we hope to feel in our gut? Or the little voice in our head that sometimes directs us like a stoplight would?
You see, when it comes to the choices we make for our future, for our lives, it would be a lot easier if we could follow a laid out path, like a cheat sheet with signs on how to get to the finish line with the most ‘ideal’ outcomes. It would be easier if we had these signs to tell us if we are making a good or bad, or risky or uncertain, choice.
But we don’t. We don’t have a cheat code for life. All we have is our gut and 24 hours each day to help show us the way. And this can feel a bit debilitating. It can feel overwhelming to plague yourself with the what ifs, speculating every possible outcome and unknown. You can spend hours, days, months and even years contemplating a decision before even taking that first step.
Because in a perfect situation, we would wait for a sign to tell us it’s the right time.
But the truth is, the longer you wait for the non-existent “right time,” the longer you are preventing yourself from the future you’ve dreamed of. The longer you wait for the right time, the less you are committing to living your most authentic life. The longer you wait for the right time, the more you’ll wonder, “What if I had just started sooner?”
You see, there is no right time. There will never be a guiding light with a perfect prediction telling you how you should or shouldn’t spend your days.
But there is now. There is today, and tomorrow, and each day you have on this earth to spend doing things that fill up your soul.
There is this moment to decide, “Maybe I’m not 100% sure of the outcome, but I’m willing to try anyway.” Or, “Maybe I don’t know exactly what or how I will do it, but I trust I will learn and figure it out along the way.”
Trust yourself. Be brave. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt that things just may work out. But you’ll never know if you don’t try. And you’ll never try if you don’t start.