When is it too Late?

That person who expressed interest in your work, but you never followed up with them…and now you think that too much time has passed, so you don’t reach out to them.

The friend who was having a tough time, and you wanted to call or write, but you got busy and now it feels weird.

The thank you note you didn’t send.

The invitation you never made.

The opportunity that passed you by.

It’s a TERRIBLE feeling, isn’t it?

Guess what?

It feels terrible because it’s FALSE.

It’s not too late.

It’s never too late.

As long as you have breath in your body, it is never, ever, ever too late.

If you are still thinking about it, then the possiblity is still alive.
The fact that it is still on your mind means that it is NOT TOO LATE.

But there is a challenge here:

You are going to have to change.

You are going to have to sacrifice

– your perfectionism
– your embarrassment
– your discomfort
– your misplaced pride
– your big idea that you know how long something is supposed to take

and GIVE IN to the DESIRE you have to take action.

It’s time to put on your Big Girl Panties.

And I know — you think about reaching out to that person, or pursuing that opportunity, and you cringe.

It feels scary.

But trust me: you would not still be thinking about it if it weren’t the right thing.

And who knows? Maybe NOW is an even better time than before!

Maybe now is the perfect time.

So here….to make it easier for you, I’ll give you a little script to use:

“Hello X,

I find myself still thinking about you and XYZ today, so I wanted to follow my intuition and reach out.

If it feels right, I’d love to connect. Are you available to talk on DAY at SPECIFIC TIME or OTHER DAY, OTHER TIME?

If not, no worries – but I’d be remiss if I didn’t even ask.

I hope this finds you well.

Yours,
Me”

Take a chance.
Turn that regret into action.
Open yourself up to some new information.

Let me know how it goes, OK?

Yours,
Sam.

2 of 7: It Just Hasn’t Been The Right Time

Here’s Reason #2 why Procrastination Is Genius In Disguise:

Go here to get the recording (it’s waaaaaaaaaay down at the bottom of the page): http://www.getitdoneteleclass.com/fall/

We discussed in yesterday’s email about how Procrastination is your friend, because it is really just a REMINDER about your DESIRE.

After all this time, you are still thinking about it. It hasn’t fallen away like some things do.

That’s great! When your desire for a project stands the test of time, that’s great!

And here’s another way Procrastination Is Genius – and this is the Disguise part – once you get underneath all that blame and nagging, you have all the information you need to move forward.

The desire itself contains within it all the information about what your next move should be (more on this when we get to Reason #7).

We just have to quiet the mind a bit in order to hear the answer.

Here’s an example: Susan’s Unfinished Book

Susan wants to finish the book she started writing three years ago. When she began the project she wrote like wildfire, but then she started to falter. Then her daughter fell ill, so Susan dropped the project altogether to care for her over the next few months. Next thing you know, her daughter has fully recovered and Susan’s got 150 pages gathering dust.

Every day Susan berates herself for having put the project down.

Every day she re-runs old mental tapes about how she should have done things differently and how it’s probably too late now.

Every day she picks at herself, going back and forth about whether her book was ever even a good idea to begin with.

Self-Doubt Can Be Paralyzing

Here’s what I notice: all that self-doubt is paralyzing.

And unless Susan finds some peace around what’s already transpired with her book, she’s going to have a hard time moving forward.

So let’s pause our story here and focus on that for a moment. Let’s get beyond all the eye-rolling and recriminations and self-blame and see if we can’t get to the TRUTH of what’s been going on here.

Peaceful Thought: It Just Hasn’t Been The Right Time

What I know is true is this: You haven’t moved forward on your projects yet because it hasn’t been the right time.

Maybe it hasn’t been the right time because of life circumstance (like having a baby or a health issue or a money issue) or maybe it hasn’t been the right time because you haven’t been ready (you didn’t know enough, spiritual development, that mysterious “right moment” thing) or maybe you’ve needed to wait for some technology to be invented, or you’ve needed to wait for the right people or the right partner.

But whatever the reason: it just hasn’t been the right time.

And I know that for a fact because if it had been the right time, you would have done it.

So let that sink in and think about how that might be true for you: Up to now, it just hasn’t been the right time.

Even say it out loud to yourself: “Up to now, it just hasn’t been the right time.”

Maybe make some notes about what you notice about this concept in relationship to your own project.

Good.

MORE TOMORROW….

And if you’d like help moving forward on your projects, consider the Get It Done Teleclass (www.GetItDoneTeleclass.com/fall) that starts next week. I’d love to have you there.

No More Putting On Plays In The Backyard

Honey, it is time to move your work to a bigger venue. Today, if possible.

I know it doesn’t feel ready and I know you’re not sure how and I know the new website isn’t up yet and you haven’t lost the weight and your not sure if your skills are what they should be and there are those changes that you know really need to be done before anyone sees it and..and…and…

I get it.

Me, too.

But seriously – we are in no position to judge our own work. And we’re certainly in no position to judge the work that’s been sitting there pawing at the front door waiting to go out for heaven-knows-how-long.

So take a chance. Publish it. Send it out. Post a picture of it. Share it. Make a one-minute movie of it.

Just get it out there so that we have a chance to enjoy it, too.

Because perhaps the most important part of art is what the audience brings to the piece, and if you don’t share it, we can’t experience it.

And let me know how it goes for you, OK?

P.S. Have you signed up for the “Procrastination Is Genius In Disguise” teleclass tomorrow 10/6? Register for free here: http://www.GetItDoneTeleclass.com (no cost, no commitment, no commute!) and you’ll get the recording as my gift to you, too! YAY!