I’ve encountered this saying a lot lately and I’m guessing it’s probably for a reason.
A couple days ago I was telling one of my friends about my lifelong dream of having an office with crappy coffee and wearing a suit and a bluetooth and having conversations like “I got the best news on this conference call today” and “yes, I fly out to Atlanta tomorrow morning”. I know that probably sounds like a sarcastic joke, but its not.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my long term goals lately and I’ve also been slapped in the face with the realization that if I continue doing exactly what I am doing right now, I will never, ever achieve anything I want to achieve. As much as I enjoy my comfortable life, I don’t necessarily aspire to be a career bank teller. I love the career I am trying to build with creating content and I love learning new skills. I am the type of person who thrives on teaching myself things but the problem with that is, I can pick and choose what I want to learn, skipping over other important skills.
Last week, I made the decision to enroll myself in school. Again. I swore I would never go back. I’m pretty sure I’ve even said in blog posts that I would never go back. But here I am. Instead of telling myself that one day I will become an expert in the field I aspire to succeed in, I am choosing to make this day one of becoming the expert.
I read another quote the other day that spoke to me as well:
You’re not a failure; you’re just impatient.
I’m incredibly guilty of comparing my timeline to the timelines of others. I freaked out when I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 16 and 1/2, not the day after I turned 16, I freaked out because it took me 3 years to get a 2 year degree, I freaked out about getting married at 25 instead of 23. None of those things make me a failure. I was just being impatient. Being impatient and the “one day” mentality are a deadly combination.
I am choosing to make today my day one on the journey to one day.