“Opportunity does not knock. It presents itself when you beat down the door.” Kyle Chandler, Actor.
Is there such a thing as the right time? And what does that look like? I’m as guilty as anyone else of saying “I’ll do it when the time is right.” This is truly the procrastinator’s call to action – or inaction – as is usually the case. It’s the perfect excuse, at least for me, when I’m feeling tired, scared, unsure, or just plain lazy.
Recently, as I was enjoying a nice glass of red wine, I looked at the label on the bottle (pictured to the left). I stared at this for a while and felt the words take hold of me. The truth in these words resonates with me as I continue to struggle with my inner self on starting writing projects or asking for a promotion. The time will never be perfect, but it might be right.
What I have found throughout my life is that the time is always right if you choose it to be. It’s a matter of choice and desire. It’s a matter of overcoming all the negative thoughts we allow to build up in our minds in order to create a wall to hide behind. And let me tell you, I have become a master builder. And I have made the choice, despite fear, anxiety and uncertainty, to learn to be the wrecking ball that tears this wall down in order to build a path that will guide me to the opportunities I seek.
This is an ongoing battle for me – building the wall, tearing it down, laying the path, then starting all over again. It’s not easy to tear down the wall, but it’s a choice I have to make on a regular basis because I am committed to do so. It helps that I have been reading a lot of great books from strong women who inspire me to pursue my goals and dreams.
The time is right. It always is. We just have to find the strength to start. Commit to ourselves that the goal is worth reaching. Work on knocking down our internal barriers so that we can move forward.
You never know where you’ll find inspiration to keep building your path forward. So don’t forget to look around – you just might find your inspiration in the most unlikely place.