If not now…then when?

Have you ever imagined that you will finally have something you really want…one day?

I think that’s probably true for most of us…

I know that I always imagined that I would finally experience the type of personal confidence and success I really wanted when I was finally ‘ready’…one day.

And then one morning I woke up and realised…’Hey wait, I’m not getting any younger and I’m already pretty good at what I do…so that’s probably now!’

It’s so much easier than we all think to find ourselves waiting for ‘someday’ …

You know that perfect moment in time when you’re all ‘grown up’ and everything is finally all lined up as you had always imagined, and then suddenly you feel ready and confident enough to take on the world.

…that perfect moment…which of course never comes.

And did you know…that this is the no.1 regret of a majority of people once they reach the end of their lives?

That they didn’t take more risks earlier on in life – BEFORE they were ready – to discover what they were truly passionate about and pursue it…without fear of failure.

After all, that’s what holds most of us back…

Maybe we don’t have what it takes, or maybe we’re not ‘ready’ yet…or perhaps it’s just not on the cards for us because…insert excuses here!

So instead, we do what’s expected of us and follow the ‘norm’…instead of finding new ways to feel inspired and take risks so we can live on our own terms!

So why do we hold back?

Most of the people I talk to tell me they’re holding back because they can’t seem to escape the daily routine with the long list of  ‘stuff’ that has to be done i.e. work commitments, family responsibilities, household chores etc.

And this means there’s no time left to look up and focus on those things that might actually take them where they want to go…

And while that may be true in some ways, these are also excuses for staying stuck in a routine which may or may not be serving you.

So it can take a little courage to discover what truly inspires us by stepping out of our routine to become more of who we really are (versus who we think we should be!).

And this often means finding the self-confidence – before you’re ready – to ‘show up’ into your true gifts and talents…without fear of judgement!

But what will people think?

And what if I fail, or look stupid, or embarrass myself?

Well, to be honest, no-one else is really focusing on you…except you!

And so that type of self-judgement is the very thing holding you back.

And besides…I don’t know about you, but I have always admired the courage of those who (ready or not!) are already putting themselves ‘out there’.

Yes, being more of who you REALLY are…can be super-scary.

So scary in fact that most of us never really give it a good go…

But if not now…then when?

And to be honest, what are you waiting for?

Because believe me, there will never be a ‘perfect time’ to get comfortable with being uncomfortable – and you will never be ’ready’!

But what are we all here for, if not to discover what makes us unique and discover new ways to bring our magic forward into the world…

So, if you’ve been thinking about exploring more of your own gifts and talents, or making some sort of change that you’ve always dreamed about…then I’m here to tell you that the time is NOW!

After all, what have you got to lose – more of the same?

And to be frank…what’s it going to cost you to give it a try…

Maybe a bit of discomfort while you practise being more courageous?

Just ask yourself how much it’s actually costing you to ‘mark time’ as you trade your precious life for playing smaller than you were designed to be!

Life is short and is meant to be an adventure.

Those who ‘win’ are the ones taking risks, making mistakes and risking the common fear of being ‘judged’ simply to become more of who they REALLY are.

Because after all, we all know deep down that each of us has something entirely unique to offer, so the sooner you get on with figuring out what that might mean for you…the better.

And guess what – the figuring bit is all part of the process too…

So if you’ve been thinking about making a step-change and stepping out of your comfort zone to risk making your ‘someday’…today…

Then congratulations – I’m granting you one free-pass to stuff it up, get it wrong, feel less than perfect and take all the time you need…so use it wisely and simply ‘go for it’!

See you out there…

Nicola x

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