What are you doing right now?

What do you want to be doing? Don’t wait. Do that now. Don’t know? Don’t wait. Start thinking about it.

Waiting is a game we play to tell ourselves that where we’re at is okay when we know it’s not.

There are usually some legitimate reasons for waiting. All the ones you’re thinking of right now probably aren’t.

If you’re happy where you are, great. If you’re not, do something about it. Now. Don’t wait.

I was thinking about this last night and was planning on writing a post about this next week. Then I woke up this morning and saw this:

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/chrisguillebeau/status/26615901276″]

Dangit! I waited too long!

Your timing will never be perfect.

Conditions will never be perfect.

You’ll never be ready.

Sometimes you just have to jump.

Ever second you wait, you’re losing. You have 1 go-around with this life thing. Make it count.

Did you figure our what you want to be doing right now?

Stop reading this post. Start planning something. Start doing something. Now.

The world’s waiting.

[Photo by Eyedeaz]

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  1. says

    I’m going to make a poster of that phrase, “Why Wait?” Gotta love the simplicity and power of two words. I woke up this morning and had a burning blog post in my head. I wrote it out and it turned out to be maybe one of the best I’ve ever written. I actually thought about “doing it later.” I’m glad I didn’t wait because it would have lost it’s power if I had. I immediately read your post after posting my article and it was great reinforcement that following passion should happen NOW, not later.

    Thanks for posting!

    • says

      Hey Mark,
      Those words were in my head last night and I woke up and Chris had put them on paper. I was gonna wait on writing the post, but I realized I needed to stop putting things off and do it now. It’s amazing how much power things have when we’re in the moment. Got a link to that post by chance?

  2. says

    Great post.
    The key difference between successful people and people who are not is that winners act. Now.
    The losers are waiting and making excuses.

  3. says

    SWING! CRACK! And that one’s out of the park folks! So true! If you sit around waiting for everything to line up perfectly you’ll never do what you want to do because things will never be as perfect as they are right now. You don’t have to necessarily do it all at once but you do need to be taking actionable steps toward what it is you want to do on a daily basis. I’d write more but I have stuff to do right now and I can’t wait.

  4. Lach says

    The truth of this gets louder every day. I used to think there would come a time when I would somehow be ready to make all the big shifts and actually start living. Took me a while to realise that it will never be ‘then’, because it’s always and forever now. The time to change is now. As for me, I’m off to work on my impossible list.

  5. says

    As I started reading the post I thought “Chris Guillebeau posted something on this last night…oh wait, there it is.” LOL

    I agree that waiting can be bad. However, when I saw his Tweet last night I wanted to reply “Because I can’t do everything at once dammit!” but figured that would look assholyian without context.

    Ok, off to do something that I’ve been waiting to do. 😀

  6. says

    yes exactly:) ever noticed how it’s never the right time to act?
    eventually we get so uncomfortable stagnating that we just GOTTA DO SOMETHING and then we think , why the heck didn’t I do that ages ago?
    I’ve learned that doing something is never as difficult as not doing anything and invariably I feel better once I start doing it.

    • says

      Hey Emma, thanks for stopping by!

      eventually we get so uncomfortable stagnating that we just GOTTA DO SOMETHING and then we think , why the heck didn’t I do that ages ago?

      I love that quote. It’s so true, and happened to me this week. Things are never as difficult or scary as we can imagine them to be. Thanks for the comment!

  7. says

    That Chris Guillebeau is just too damn omniscient omniscient. Now he’s turned to reading minds. Okay, enough about that . . . I’d better go do something before it’s too late . . .

  8. says

    I was going to write a longer comment, but I realized that it was just a covert form of procrastination… A way to put off what I need to get done 😉

  9. says


    Thanks for the sense of urgency. What a strong reminder.

    It’s too easy to waste time complaining. It’s better to “waste” time testing new options.


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