Almost every week, I hear people say in relation to social media and the explosion of web 2.0 applications and services, “I feel like I’m so far behind.” Or “I recognize that we’re way behind on getting up to speed on this stuff.”
Let me just say right now. You are not behind.
Maybe you have no interest in learning about blogging, online communities, Twitter, or social media. Maybe you’re just a person with a goal. Learning French. Finishing your degree. Becoming a professional writer. Getting your home reasonably clean and organized. Having a better relationship with someone close to you–a parent, spouse or child. Maybe all of the above.
But you feel overwhelmed. Time has passed since you first told yourself “I am going to do this thing,” and now, you’re feeling like time is running out. Doubt about whether or not you’ll ever actually achieve your goal is a millstone around your neck.
When you’re thinking “I should be there, but instead, I’m still here,” it can seem too discouraging to simply start where you are. It makes you feel, in addition to the work required to attain your goal, the press of time. The thing is, most of the time, time isn’t the factor we fear it will be. For the really big goals in life, perseverance is almost always more important than speed.
The moment you start taking action and moving towards your goal, you’re right where you should be.