A Question I’ve Been Asking Myself Lately (And Why)

a month ago   •   1 min read

By Ernesto Gutierrez, MD
Photo by Stefan Spassov / Unsplash
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I spend a lot of my time thinking about life and how I got to where I'm at.

And lately, one question I've been asking myself is this:

Knowing what you now know, what is 1 thing you wish you had started doing 2-3 years ago?

Not only is this a question I ask myself often, but it is one I ask all of my clients and people I interview.

And one of the things I've learned is we often put off doing things where the benefit is not immediate. Some examples of this are: going to the gym, launching a podcast, or starting a side-business.

Now it's your turn, what is 1 thing you wish you had started doing 3 years ago?

Now that you know, it's time to remedy it.

Asking yourself a question like this, and getting an answer, is pretty disempowering unless you do something about it.

Here's my recommendation: whatever pops into your head when you ask yourself this question, write it down on a fresh note. Then ask yourself whether you'll feel the same way about it 2 years from now. If the answer is yes, do something today, that will get you started in that direction.

  • If you think your future self will wish you had started going to the gym today, go sign up to your nearest gym.
  • If you'll wish you had started an email list, go right now to Substack or Revue and create one for free.
  • If you'll wish you had finally started your podcast, go to Transistor, sign up for the free trial and launch your podcast in a few hours.

Avoid the excuses and the need to "research" the best option to start. Take the first step and go with it. This will ensure that 2 years from now this particular thing, won't be in your list.

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