There is a Chinese Proverb that states: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”
Let’s look closer at this concept. If a tree was planted 20 years ago, it would be large enough by now to enjoy its shade and beauty. In other words, if someone started working on a goal 20 years ago, it would already be reality today and even reaping the benefits of it. But not all is lost. There is another optimal time to plant that tree or to start at that dream. That’s today.
Take the Blinders Off
We often wait until timing is just right or everything is perfect. Maybe we don’t want to make mistakes or look like a fool. Or it’s simply habit. What is causing you to not take the first step? A good place to start is by looking in the mirror. Then, we are ready and we don’t act, think that opportunity has passed us by, never to be captured. That backwards thinking will still not make it happen.
Get Into Action
We all have 86,400 seconds in a day. That is 86,400 opportunities to act on whatever it is you are dreaming about.
Look closely at what you want to see in your future. Turning that vision into reality is where most people stop. They get overwhelmed. Now look at that future vision again and think very carefully. What is the very first step that you can take to make it reality? This is where your mind shifts from being overwhelmed to forward thinking action planning. That mindset shift requires work to make it a habit if we are out of practice. It will keep getting easier and easier to plan out the next step and even the next step after that once momentum starts.
What is it that you are dreaming about? What are you putting off for just the right time? It’s time to make it reality. It’s time to plant your tree.