It’s a simple question: if not now, when?

Translation: Anything worth going for, is worth going for in this moment.

It takes some luck to discover exactly what it is you want from life. But if you’ve been lucky enough to glimpse the dream of your future, you must also be brave enough to begin the journey in this moment.

Think of what makes you happy. Think of what makes you dance and smile. Think about what makes you come alive. And then ask yourself, what am I doing today to make this dream reality?

Waiting for the perfect person, place, or thing to come along is a recipe for inaction. You’ve gotta believe that what you need is already inside of you, and you’ve gotta know that life is only what you decide to make of it, right here, right now, without outside help.

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” Indeed, sometimes the hardest work is convincing yourself that you have what it takes to begin. Because once you do believe, and you start pouring all available energy into your passion, you’ll be surprised at how naturally things happen.

Invest in yourself. Begin to grow. Take the time to develop your unique abilities and talents, whatever they may be. And remember to start with optimism, because “Well begun is half done.” 

Finally, keep in mind that “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Begin anywhere. If you paint, put the first brushstroke on canvas. If you write, type the first five words that come to mind. If you run, start by jogging. Create the momentum that you need to get going. And then never, never stop pursuing your passions.

Whatever is worth doing, is worth doing today.