If we’re talking long term goals, the reality is slow, consistent, and repetitive.
It’s: what can you do today, and the next, even if it were just for 10 minutes?
What’s the minimum commitment possible so we avoid the burn from stretching ourselves too thin?
The minimum commitment makes sure what needs to be done still gets done, especially when we’re not feeling like it or when we find ourselves short on time.
It’s the sustainable way out of short sighted schemes to get rich or to seek notoriety.
Defining the bare minimum makes the long term goal (whatever it is) possible.
There’s a narrative that’s been going around to people in their early 20’s that if you don’t have your “life together by 30”, you’re finished. Things become concrete, and nothing changes after that.
Is it right, or is it just the commonly held belief about life success from people in their early 20’s?
If you’re adamant on being right about this because it’s what everybody else says, then there’s little this post can bring for you.
On the other hand, if you can put aside the status quo just for a moment then you can also see the millions of stories shared by those who after their 30’s defy the narrative.
Just because a lot of other people believe it, doesn’t make it true.
Everybody wants to be right, but at what cost?
Extra time doesn’t guarantee what gets done will be made any better than it is now.
What it can provide is a sense of relief, that the deadline isn’t here to stop anything just yet. Tomorrow is another day, and the next week will be another week.
There will always be more time ahead, just until there isn’t.
And that’s when the myth of extra time comes back to bite.
When we realize that there’s no better time to do the things you care about (because you care about them), suddenly time becomes a necessity we can’t get enough of.