Often when we accomplish something, it’s because we have the adrenaline rush that occurs when we have a fast approaching deadline. Do not be fooled. This is fear produced by procrastination that creates motivation; it is not accomplishment. I personally have mistaken the two for years, and I am most proud of the areas of in my life where I have made diligent efforts to work even when I didn’t feel like it. As one of my personal heroes, Seth Godin says, “inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us work.”
So get really good at managing your emotional state and get to work. The planets have a magical way of aligning in your favor when you act.
Many of us believe that we have to wait for this elusive thing called, “inspiration” to create the focused creativity we need to complete a task. Since we’ve all often convinced ourselves of our breakneck busyness, it will probably never be the right time to be inspired to start anything we’ve been procrastinating. Inspiration and waiting for “the right time” has become a euphemism for waiting for skywriting from heaven, the planets to align, being in the right mood, waiting for the muse to inspire, waiting for the mood (or lightening) to strike, or what whatever other spiritual or sappy catchphrase you wish to insert here.
The truth is…
- It’s never the right time to get married or start a family.
- It’s never the right time to write that book.
- It’s never the right time to look for that new job.
- It’s never the right time to relocate.
- It’s never the right time to start that new health kick.
- It’s never the right time to start a business.
- It’s never the right time to have that courageous conversation with a loved one, boss, subordinate, or colleague.
- It’s never the right time to take a sabbatical..
- It’s never the right time to make those sales calls.
- It’s never the right time to procrastinate.
The funny thing about inspiration is that it rarely comes until you start.