Just Two Days
There is no right time for anything, ever. There isn’t a perfect time to start something or to quit something. The only time you have is now – today. I have come to realize that there are only two days in life that truly matter, and some famous quotes have been made about what those two days are.
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday, and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live.”
Dalai Lama XIV
But the one that has resonated the most with me is this. “There are only two days that matter, today and the day you die.” Since we don’t know when that second day is going to come, we are essentially left with only one. The only day we have to take action is today, and taking action is what matters.
Whoever said, "timing is everything" was wrong.
Sometimes in life, you’re forced to take action with little to no planning. But a decent plan now is far better than a perfect plan later, and any action taken towards your goal is the right action. Whoever said, “timing is everything” was wrong. Action is everything, and timing is mostly irrelevant.
It doesn’t matter if it’s in business, investments, personal goals, mending relationships, or breaking old habits, the time is always now. An excellent illustration of this comes from Jeremy Schneider in an investment example over the last 40 years of the SP 500. He uses actual market data and three hypothetical strategies, and we can examine who has the best investment “timing.”
Saving $200 a month, with a total of $96,000 and trying to time the market perfectly, the first investor (Brittany) gets extremely lucky. Investing on the best days, just after big crashes, and buying at market lows. The second investor (Tiffany) also waits, but unfortunately buys on the worst days just before the crashes, at market highs. The third investor (Sarah) decides not to try and time things at all, and begins immediately investing just $200 a month, every month, and never looks back — the results.
With $96,000, the best strategy was to invest immediately and to continue no matter what the market was doing. In peak bull markets or devastating crashes, the best timing strategy was to not worry about the time at all. And neither should you.
Momentum is far more important than the moment.
Momentum is far more important than the moment. In the grand scheme of things, timing means nothing. Time, however, does. We don’t have an endless supply of it, so you must get yourself moving, taking steps towards whatever it is you want to achieve. It’s far easier to steer a vehicle when it’s in motion.
If you have trouble taking action and find yourself waiting for the “right time,” there are a lot of tools out there to help get you moving. I offer my clients a MAP, a Massive Action Plan. The ability to identify the key factors that need to be accomplished and then walk away with a series of steps that put that plan into immediate motion. You can learn more in my online course Relentless Power. You can also use tools like Mel Robbins 5-Second Rule. If you are unfamiliar with her, I recommend checking out below. Whatever it is you choose to do, whichever tool you decide to try, make sure you do it today. Do it right now.