“I just need this one tiny thing before I can get started.”
Do you know people like this? Friends, colleagues, or acquaintances who need the new laptop before they can write? That need just a little bit more time to do what they need? Whatever they intend to do, what they have is not sufficient? Have you ever known someone that finally got it?
I don’t know about you, but every time I’ve delayed something in this way, it’s pretty much been an excuse. You get that one tiny thing you need, and then you have another reason not to start, and then another, and so on. You say you need the freedom, or better tools, but that’s not really what you need.
Everything you need, you already have, or can borrow. You can find a way now. Or in other words: If you had this freedom today, what would you do with it?
It seems so obvious. “I’ll spend more time on my art,” you may say, or “if I quit my job, I’ll have enough time to start a business.” But not quite. Instead, you’ll just sit around, doing nothing, for days or weeks on end.
You won’t know what to do with it, because you never learned to manage it properly.
You probably already know that 1/3 of those who win the lottery end up in bankruptcy. With no financial guidance, they lose their frikking minds when they win. The same happens if you quit your job, gain a ton of time, or get everything handed to you.
You don’t appreciate it. You won’t know how to deal. Ultimately, you squander it.
We have to do the work under imperfect circumstances. Were there even any perfect ones (there aren’t), our mind would create imperfections, which would bring us back into the cycle of making excuses.
We have to suffer. I think we should just accept it.