Ever wonder when the right time to take action is? Some of you may be saying, ‘I know exactly when to take action.’ Others may be just like me, planning on taking action on Monday, Saturday, the 20th, the First of the Year, and so on.
It just seems like it is better for planning if we start on an even day, date, time…. It might seem like the right time is to declare ‘I will do X on a day Y and will do that from then on out.’ Has it worked for you? It really does not for me.
The right time to do anything is right now!
The right time to take action is when you are inspired to do so!
I would not call taking no action procrastination. It is simply over planning. We all do it and we all do it regularly. However the right time to do anything is right away, and the right time to take action is when you are inspired to do so.
When we wait, and try to plan in the right time to do something then it is too late, our inspiration is gone, we have a new thought, we have life happen to us and the moment has passed.
I have two easy suggestions for you to help you keep the inspiration and create a space to be creative on a daily basis.
1) Wake up early and create a morning routine.
Some may be night owls and that is ok, however it is much more difficult to create a night routine. Most of you are probably night owls because there is a lot happening in your life that keeps you up at night and active. However nothing is happening in the morning which is why it is good to create a morning routine.
Mine is something like this:
Wake between 4:30 and 5:00 am
Get 30 grams of protein and 20 oz of water (see 4 Hour Body).
Power walk for 30 minutes listening to inspiring music, books, or speeches
Sit at computer and either write, plan trades for the day, blog, or do research
Kids wake up at 7:30 and I start my day.
2) Keep a small spiral notebook with you at all times.
I hear you. You say ‘But Coach Kip my inspiration usually comes when I am in the car, walking, at lunch, sitting in a meeting, or anywhere that I cannot take immediate action. That is OK. Creating a morning routine will give you time to do the action that you need when you think of it. Keeping a small notebook to jot down ideas lets you take action when inspired. I usually write ideas, notes, memory triggers, notes, businesses to invest in, or whatever brilliant idea I have.
This also gives me a little time to vet out ideas that I don’t want to pursue, or blog posts that I just don’t think would be that good.
When you are inspired to take action do it immediately! Do it now! If you are in a place that does not allow you to take action write it down so that you can do it later. Create a morning ritual to create a space to do the things that you have written in your notebook.