‘It’s too late,” is an often used excuse for not pursuing an objective at all, or giving up before it is obtained. This excuse is usually connected to one’s age. It might also refer to how much time has been spent already, or how worn out you feel.
Today is the only day which matters. You will never be as young as you are today. Time moves forward regardless of what you do. When you decide, for whatever reason, to do nothing, nothing happens.
Let’s look at some of the numerous examples which illustrate that it’s never too late to achieve your objective. Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was fired from dozens of jobs before starting his first restaurant. It was a failure and ended up closing. At the age of 65, Sanders was broke when he sold the first KFC franchise.
Rodney Dangerfield, the great comedian, was 46 before getting his big break on T.V. Sam Walton opened his first Wal-Mart when he was 44. The French Chef, Julia Child didn’t make her television debut until she was 51.
The first McDonald’s was started by Ray Kroc when he was 59. Stan Lee, the comic book creator, got his first big break when he was 40. Henry Ford’s first successful car, the Model T, was released when he was 45. Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book, Little House on the Prairie, when she was 65.
These people prove that it’s never too late to embark on your desired path. None of them made any excuses. Their age was not a barrier. Their vision of where they wanted to be was the motivational driving force which kept them going.
So, what is it you want to accomplish? Perhaps your goals have changed with age and experience. Do you want to change careers? Would you like to go back to finish school or to earn a degree? Maybe you are single in search of a new relationship.
If you believe it’s too late and use it as an excuse for inaction, you ensure nothing will be accomplished. Why do nothing when you can be taking positive action? You have nothing to lose by stepping towards your desire.
Always think in positive terms. Identify reasons to start accomplishing whatever you want to. Avoid any excuses for inaction. Ignore the naysayers whose objective is to discourage you. The direction of life is forward.
Surveys of older people have shown that they have more regrets over things they never attempted instead what they had done. You don’t want to lament tomorrow that which you didn’t do today. You don’t want to be haunted by, “I really should have done it. If I had it to do over, I would.”
Go ahead and identify all of the things you would like to accomplish but have not yet done so. List everything without any concern as to what others will say. Include anything you have been putting off, as well as new goals.
For each goal, list how you will feel once it’s accomplished. Next, list the first step required to move you toward each objective. Now you are ready to begin moving forward. All you need to do is take that first step.
Regardless of your age, it’s never too late to realize your dreams. Purge all excuses. Fill your mind with reasons to succeed. Plant the seed in your mind that you are willing to do whatever is required to achieve your objectives. You too can join the ranks of the people listed above who lived life their way.
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