You’ve probably heard your friends suggest from time to time that they would like to do a certain thing, but “it’s too late” for them to do that now. You may even have used this fearful phrase yourself. It seems like a reasonable thing if what you’re considering is to be a ballet dancer but you’re now beyond the place of looking especially fetching in a tu-tu. However, most of the time, the “too late” proclamation is motivated by other factors. What keeps you from going after your dreams? What opportunities are you willing to let pass you by simply because you’ve taken yourself out of the running? Maybe it’s time to take another look.
You remember this famous quote by Calvin Coolidge that says:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
So what’s stopping you? Certainly not talent since you clearly have been hand picked with the talent you possess. You’ve been equipped with a special knowledge, a unique gift and one that deserves to be shared. In fact, you’re already a genius when you utilize this talent and do it consistently. How many times have people commented that you are such an incredible hostess, or you have a way with words, or you are a whiz at designing special programs for kids? No matter what it is, there’s a great need for it in the world and that’s why God gave you the talent in the first place. It was meant to be shared. Remember the man in the biblical story who buried his talent in the ground out of fear that he would not have anything to give back to his master? He didn’t grow his talent or use it and so the master was not pleased when he came for an accounting of what the man had done with his talent. We aren’t called to bury our talents. We are called to use them.
It would be good if we could ban phrases from our arsenal of personal verbiage that do not serve us well. Stop saying you’re too old or too busy or too unimportant to accomplish the very things you were sent to this planet to accomplish. Education is a good thing and if you’re wise indeed and you will use it to help you accomplish the things that are yours to complete. Keeping the Coolidge quote in mind though, remember that the key to anything you hope to achieve comes from persistence and determination. Did you ever hear persistence say, “I’m just too old and worn out?” Did you ever hear determination say “I’ll sit this one out, I just can’t get in the game?”
Wherever you are today, wherever you stand, no matter how many obstacles you’ve managed to pile up in front of you, stop. Back up, go around, move aside, walk over, but get past those things that keep you from being all you were meant to be. Get your talents out there and use every ounce of what you’ve been given. It’s not to late. As one dear friend of mine in Costa Rica reminded me, and she’s 87, “It’s not too late if you palpitate!” In other words, if your heart is beating and you’re still in the game, then get out there and give it all you’ve got. Now is the time to be your best self ever!!