It’s easy to get caught up in the “if onlys.”

  • If only I had more money.
  • If only I had more time.
  • If only I hadn’t made that mistake.
  • If only I had started earlier.
  • If only I knew what I know now.
  • If only things were different.

Sound familiar? It’s a trap that can leave us feeling helpless and stuck, focusing on regrets or wishing for different circumstances.

But here’s a truth I’ve come to realize: dwelling on the past won’t change it, and daydreaming about the future won’t make it happen. The only thing we truly have control over is what we do right here, right now, in this moment.

So, what’s my advice? It’s simple yet profoundly challenging: do what you can with what you have where you are. This means taking a good look at your current situation, accepting it for what it is, and then asking yourself, “What’s one thing I can do right now that will move me even a tiny bit closer to where I want to be?”

For those of us in coaching, consulting, or any entrepreneurial endeavor, this mindset is crucial. We might not have the biggest budget, the widest network, or the most free time, but we all have 24 hours a day, unique skills, and the ability to make choices.

  • Instead of lamenting a lack of resources, get creative with what you do have. Maybe that means leveraging social media more effectively or finding free online tools to streamline your work.
  • Instead of wishing for more time, audit how you’re currently spending your hours. You’ll likely find pockets of time that could be better used or tasks that could be delegated or eliminated.
  • Instead of dwelling on past mistakes, use them as learning experiences to inform your next steps. Every failure has a lesson in it.

Remember, the most successful people aren’t the ones with the most resources but those who are resourceful with what they have. They’re the ones who keep moving forward, making the most of each moment, and taking consistent action toward their goals.

Let’s shift our focus from the “if onlys” to the “I can.” It’s in doing what we can, right now, with what we have, that we find our power and make real progress.

So, I want to ask you, “What’s something you’ve been putting off that you can start working on today?”


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