Imagine the following dialogue:
Person #1: “Since I am 17 I wanted to learn the Italian language.”
Person #2: “You are 67, what happened to your dream in the last 50 years?”
Person #1: “Well, somehow things never came out as expected. I never had enough time.”
Person #2: “OK. But you are retired for some years already. Don’t you have the time now?”
and so on…
I learned a lot from that short exchange, but first, let me ask two (rhethorical :-)) questions:
- Do you think this is a constructed example? No, nearly exactly the same happened to me yesterday. I was in the role of person #2.
- Do you know what really frightens me? That I might be person #1 when I’m 67.
There is one funny (or creepy) thing about this dialogue: about a week earlier I had grabbed a list of the 1000 most frequent Italian words and started to learn a little vocabulary. Can you imagine the feeling of synchronicity I had during the discussion?
- Waiting is waste.
- Time is not money. Time is life.
- When you wait too long it may never happen.
- If your to-do list is empty, there is no fun.
- Action is character.
Just imagine you where in the shoes of person #1, but you had started to learn Italian at the age of 17. If you had learnt bare 15 minutes a day until your 67th birthday, that would be about 4’500 hours of learning.
A good trick to overcome this waiting may be to start with a mini habit. Read about mini habits in this post.