I became a father for the first time at 36 and then again when I was 41. I waited until I thought it was the right time, and of course, the right time never came. I just got older.

While I certainly gained a lot of wisdom between 26 and 36, nothing that I learned could be applied to being a Dad. I was just putting it off because something was missing, and that something was a feeling of certainty.

Surely, I thought, if I’m about to start something as significant and profound as being a parent, I’ll feel … something. I’ll feel ready. I’ll feel … different. Nope. And this should be one of the great lessons of having children: some things, especially important things like being a parent, don’t come with a user manual or a scheduled start time. You just do it.

I meet a lot of people who want to make changes and start something important in either their business or their personal life, but most often both. Of course, the crucial step to making any kind of change is starting.

So if you’re wondering when to seriously shift and start, let me offer some suggestions …

The best time to start is when you have enough money in the bank to bail you out if anything goes wrong.

The best time to start is when you don’t have anything else important to do.

The best time to start is when your competition is behind the learning curve/innovation cycle or is buried in complacency.

The best time to start is when you have minimized all risks.

The best time to start is when everything at home is perfect so you can really focus.

The best time to start is when you have no debt.

The best time to start is when everyone you share your idea with understands it and is excited about it.

The best time to start is when the political environment is more friendly/predictable/stable than it is now.

The best time to start is when the market is ready.

The best time to start is when you don’t feel so terrified about losing your investment.

The best time to start is after a vacation, when you are all rested and ready.

The best time to start is when you can’t lose.

The best time to start is when you have done the thinking required and you can see your whole idea laid out in front of you. Beginning, middle, end.

The best time to start is when you know it’s going to work.

The best time to start is after you have sorted out some issues that you are dealing with now.

The best time to start is when you have all your people in place, especially that next person who you have been thinking about hiring for two years.

The best time to start is when someone else will help you pay for it.

The best time to start is when your client is ready to pay you up front before the work is done.

The best time to start is when you are 100% sure your idea will find an audience.

The best time to start is when it feels easier.

The best time to start is when you feel ready, or different, or something.

The best time to start was two years ago.

The best time to start was last year.

The best time to start was 6 months ago.

The best time to start is tomorrow morning.

The best time to start is … later.

I think you see where this is going. The best time to start was anytime before now. The absolute second best time to start is right now.

Go. Start.

 

(Wishing all our Canadian counterparts a Happy Victoria Day long weekend. Tomatoes can be planted now.) 

 

 

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