Sometimes Later Becomes Never

I saw the little motivational quote you see pictured and said, “Wow, that is so true”.

It’s very true for a lot of individuals in life, especially the older we get. As we age, we become more influenced by the people surrounding us or we get caught up in the other priorities that take up our time. We often times get caught up in the fact that society tells us we get “washed up” as we age, but that is far from the truth.

A large number of the students I teach are over the age of 50. Actually, I would say throughout my teaching career, at least 50% of my students were over the age of 40.

These are the commons concerns or thoughts shared by these students:

1. I think I’m too old to start
2. I wish I had done this 20 years ago
3. I’m not confident playing/singing in front of someone else
4. I’m afraid I’ll embarrass myself
5. What if I’m not good enough to do this
6. My last teacher said this wasn’t for me

This is ALWAYS followed by a but…

…But, I really love [music, guitar, singing, etc].

I’ll Do It Later Becomes Never

At first you say, I’m going to do this next week. A week becomes a month, a month becomes a year and as soon as you know it, a decade has gone by and you are no closer to where you wanted to be in life. This goes for anything in life, not just learning music.

Most people never reach their dreams of their full potential because they never officially made a commitment to do so. If you have read my article on setting goals, you know that an important part of being successful is that you need to set goals that have measurable results and a deadline. Without a deadline, we have nothing to hold us accountable.

That’s part of taking music lessons. We promise to hold you accountable for the results you want to achieve.

If you are not ready to make a commitment to music lessons quite yet because life is hectic or the kids just aren’t old enough yet, make a commitment to say, “I’m going to learn to play an instrument or sing by [insert month and year].” Give yourself a date and commit to it no matter what.

Don’t allow “later” to become “never”. Make the commitment today to reach your full potential in life. You may be surprised by the results.

If you have read any of my other articles, you will know that I am a big supporter of hard work and commitment.

Mike DoyleComment