That Thing You Didn’t Do (but Wished You Had)

You didn’t do it. You wanted to, you even thought about it, but you just didn’t take action. And now the regret comes. Did you miss your chance?

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January 1 has come and gone, and you may be wondering, as I am, if it’s silly to start now. Could you still make that resolution? Could you start a diet or set a goal to make some small step towards changing your life? Could you do that now, after all the fanfare and hype has died down?

Or is it too late?

The fear of missing out

We all fear missing out or being left behind. Often, I’m afraid of rejection, of looking uncool in front of my friends or those hipster kids at the coffee shop.

But notice what I just said there? We all are afraid of missing out. As in, all of us, the whole human race. In other words, we’re in this together. We have more similarites than differences, more to unite us than divide us. And that seems something worth celebrating.

The reality, of course, is that you will miss out on many things in life. We all will. The question is not, “will I miss out?” but rather, “how will I make what I do count?”

The answer to that question is to start. Not tomorrow or next year, but right now. Because it’s never too late — to begin writing your novel or lose 10 pounds. To launch a dream or rekindle a broken relationship.

The worst time to begin is tomorrow (tweet that). You’re ready now. You’re focused. It’s time. Why not start today?

What it takes

Now that you’re motivated, let’s talk goal-setting. Every goal needs three ingredients for success:

  • focus to follow through
  • practice to get good
  • people to encourage you through the process

Do you have those three ingredients? Where could you find them? (This might help.) If you’ve identified something you wanted to start but didn’t, here’s what you need to do next:

  1. Pick one habit you want to master.
  2. Set a weekly practice schedule.
  3. Join a community to hold you accountable.

It only takes 21 days to form a habit. There’s still time. Start now and save the regrets for never.

What’s something you still want to start this year? Share in the comments.