Why I stopped saying "someday"

  Photo by  Joshua Earle  on  Unsplash

Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

Someday my life will be amazing...

One thing I hear a lot from a lot of young professionals is, "I like what I'm doing for now, but someday I want to do something I'm passionate about."

I was there not too long ago.

I knew someday, I wanted to be an entrepreneur.

But the allure of a finance degree from a great business school and the associated high-paying jobs was too much to overcome in college. So my entrepreneurial timeline stayed at someday.

I thought, "I'll work for a few years, save some money and then figure out how to start my business."

But the addictive compensation and environment of like-minded young professionals at my banking job delayed my entrepreneurial dream even further.

"I still want to start a business, but maybe I could do this for awhile. I could work here for another 5-10 years, make a lot of money and learn a lot about business. I could still start my business someday after that."

If I didn't have my wake up call in December 2014 when I didn't get promoted, someday might still be someday.

After I didn't get promoted, I knew it was time to turn someday into a deadline.

In August 2015, I made the jump to do what I love full time.

Someday might as well be never

The problem with someday is that it could be 1 year, 5 years, 10 years... or just as likely:

Never.

When I didn't have a deadline, I could always convince myself that one more day wasn't a big deal.

But as you know, those one days build up fast. Because without a deadline, everything else took priority.

I knew I should work on it today, but:

  • I was really busy at work
  • I had to finish the project this week
  • I had to get my workout in
  • I had to go to this event

Once someday became a deadline, I started treating my future company with the same importance as my other commitments. And I started to see progress by stringing together small steps every day, slowly building momentum.

And guess what? I missed my deadline.

I wanted to leave my job in three months. It took six months- 2x the time I intended.

But I still did it. Because I got started.

Because I turned someday into a deadline.

How to get started

So the next time you tell yourself, "what's one more day?"- challenge yourself by instead asking,

"What's one small thing I can do today to start building momentum?"

Use passion as your compass to get started, not as your final destination. For us, that was:

High school sports > volunteer coaching > starting a youth leadership camp > starting 220

Live your passions daily and let them build momentum towards your ultimate life.

Disrupt the cycle

If work and life feel separate, if you get substantially more excited for life outside of work, it’s time to make a change.

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