It’s Time to Slay Someday and Murder Maybe
Someday I'd like to own a second house, live in the jungles of Costa Rica almost full time, and sleep until whenever my body decides to wake up.
Maybe tomorrow I'll get up earlier, write out a blueprint for my life, and begin to live how I've always dreamed I'd live.
Have you ever had thoughts like those?
If you've ever said something similar, I wrote this article for you.
I wrote this article because it's time to slay someday and murder maybe.
I have a list of things to do. I swear, as soon as I turned thirty, I can't remember anything.
I keep my “To-Do” list in Evernote so I don't have to remember to carry a notepad around. It's really kind of embarrassing but it is what it is.
Do you have a list?
The problem with my list, and probably the trouble with yours, is that it's a list of things to do someday. It's a list of things that “maybe I'll get to.”
Those two words, “someday” and “maybe,” need to be removed from our vocabulary. We need to slay someday and murder maybe.
In the wise words of Master Yoda,
Do or not do; there is no try”
Each time we use the word “someday”, our dreams slip further from reality.
Each time we say “maybe”, we loosen our grip on the commitment it will take to achieve our goals.
The real problem with someday:
Someday doesn't actually exist. Someday is a figment of the evil mind of Resistance.
Someday is when we win the lottery without playing or land our dream job/spouse/opportunity/etc. without even leaving the house.
Someday will kill your dreams.
The oddity of this message is that you've heard it before. I know I have. I heard “you won't find someday on any calendar” and I told myself I'd go look someday.
Someday is the result of a busy schedule.
Someday is the result of unclear goals.
Someday is the result of dreams without passion.
Someday is the antithesis of every day.
Is someday killing your dream? Maybe it's time to take the reins back and slay someday!
The real problem with maybe:
Maybe won't get you anywhere. I know it's never gotten me any further in life and I doubt your experience has been much different.
Maybe leaves you standing there as life goes on.
Maybe leaves you on one knee wondering if you asked the wrong girl.
Maybe leaves you standing at the plate while your team loses the pennant.
Maybe leaves your dreams in the dirt.
How would the world be different if Einstein had said, “Maybe I'll think about relativity”?
How would the world be different if Jobs had said, “Maybe we'll develop the iPhone”?
How will the world be different because you've said “maybe” to doing what you know you're meant to do?
Think for one moment about someone who has had an impact on your life.
What if that person, instead of touching your life in a meaningful way, had said, “Maybe I'll just call her later.”?
“Just”, that's another awful word for another day.
Someday never comes and keeps you from your dreams. Maybe keeps you from committing to your idea that will change the world. Have I convinced you of that?
I know, I'm the worst offender. My “to do list” doesn't have a deadline. But I'm making a commitment to slay someday and murder maybe today. This minute.
And I hope you'll join me.
Question: What deadline do you need to set? What decision do you know you need to make?