In the time many people spend debating the pros and cons of a next step, others have already run a marathon, literally.
I am always astonished at the amount of time people spend talking about doing something, only to never even take the first step. Or, when they deign to take the tiniest little toe dip, they pull their foot right back out of the water. What's the point of even living? I'm not being a jerk. I mean it. What is the point?
I've taken massive risks in my life and flopped most of the time. Because I would rather die than be a talker. I would rather every person on earth think I'm a loser and be remembered as a total colossal failure who risked too much than a pay-it-ridiculously-safe color-within-the-lines cookie cutter. I'm not sure how good or bad it is to be a has-been. But I would rather be a never-was than a never-even-had-the-guts-to-try-to-be. Though I'd rather build than demolish, I would rather burn a bridge in my growth than build them in my mediocrity.
In fitness, it has been a fascinating case study to watch people just talk... and only talk, for years and years and years. Most people who say they want to gain muscle never put the work in, let alone the food. Most people who want to lose the weight never even show up. Would-be gym members, clients and fitness enthusiasts ask questions with the rigor of a Hollywood-style detective, and then immediately proceed to not put a single shred of their gathered info into practice. It's a put on. It's a show. You may think you're fooling others into believing that you're just carefully plotting steps; but we all know you're just never going to launch. The sophisticated reasons and excuses and equivocations are bullshit. I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it.
I don't know what it's like. But I would imagine it's actually become familiar and totally comfortable to just watch your life pass by, watch others take the risks, talk and talk and talk about the "one day."
While you hem and haw about the best priced deal out there, you burned up in hours and mental energy a dollar amount in excess of your ostensible savings. In the time you said you were going to go back for a certain degree, you could've already obtained it and another one. In the time you talk about starting next Monday on a diet, you could've lost 50lbs and laid the groundwork for long term success. In the time you've talked about leaving a caustic work space, you could've built your own empire from scratch.
In the time you are thinking about your next move, in love, in career, in life, someone else already did it. IF YOU WANT THIS TO END, IT'S YOUR TURN RIGHT NOW. Not next week. Not when things calm down. Not when you're less busy. Not when the stars and planets align. This second. This is it. It's your turn.