It’s Never (Ever) Too Late! – A Guest Post from Sandi Amorim

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When I was a newbie to Twitter, I started following a woman named Sandi. How I found her, I can’t remember. What I do remember is being astounded by her level of energy and engagement – her tweets were interesting, witty, and rapid-fire. I remember thinking, “I like her.” And, when we finally talked on the phone, I knew those tweets were divinely inspired. I had found a soul sister – one who believes in embracing possibility today, not someday. It’s no wonder the phrase from my manifesto that asks you to remember that it is never too late, spoke to Sandi. Let her words carry you to new places of possibility!

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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

These words have inspired me many times in my life.

It’s never too late.

For anyone. Or anything.

Well alright, it might be too late for me to become an Olympic athlete.

With one knee surgery, a tendency to klutzy mishaps, and a family predisposition for achy joints, that’s likely never going to happen.

But here’s the thing. . .

A transformation can still occur.

As I lay in bed on the night before my 49th birthday, in the midst of my ‘dark night of the soul not quite mid-life crisis’ I wondered what it would take to cause this transformation in the coming year.

What would it be like to celebrate 50 in the strongest, healthiest, most vibrant version of me ever?

That was a question I’d never asked before. And as I lay there in my bed at 3am I didn’t have the answer. . .but I sure liked how the first glimmer of that vision felt.

Deepak Chopra says, “If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.”

Think about how many aspects of life you have mistakenly assumed you are stuck with.

And what if you’re not stuck at all?

 

Here’s what I realized about this belief that it’s never too late:

 

“It’s never too late – in fiction or in life – to revise.” – Nancy Thayer

We make up stories all the time, key words being make up. And if that’s true, then isn’t it logical to also believe that you can make up a new story that empowers you? Your memories are not as reliable as you’d like to believe, so rather than give your power away due to a faulty memory, create a new story that feels good.

Like the time I broke two fingers playing baseball when I was 12 years old. It wasn’t because I was a lame ball player, it was because I made a desperate lunge for the ball, and that catch saved the game!

  • Think of a story that’s weighed you down in some way. Make up a new version, and have some fun with it!

 

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” – Tom Robbins

Isn’t it amazing how your inner drama queen thrives on childhood angst?

I’ve always known I had a great childhood, but for a few years I let my drama queen take centre stage and while she was not quite Ophelia, she was pretty tragic at times. As I grew up and became more responsible, I realized how much I had to be grateful for. Perspective is a beautiful thing!

  • Allow your memories of childhood to surface. Then as if you had the remote control in your hand, fast forward through the bits that still hold any emotional charge. Slow down and savour the moments of joy and delight.

 

“The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When I was 33 I had knee surgery. Afterwards, the doctor gave me a list of all the activities I’d have to give up. It was a long list that included running and dancing. As you might imagine, I wasn’t happy about this list.

So I got a second opinion and decided to take up running. Crazy you say? Maybe, but I hated being told so definitively that I couldn’t do something. I found a brilliant physical therapist who helped me train slowly and wisely, allowing my body to adjust to the physical challenge. A year later I ran a half marathon, one of the most empowering moments of my life.

That year of training looked like hundreds of small actions, one after another.

  • Start small. Don’t worry about the end result or the big picture. Just start and take the first step.

 

“It’s never too late to give up.” – Myriad Sprite

Before I discovered my calling, I had a few really good jobs. Each time I gave up and left, I trusted the small voice inside that knew there was something more for me. Even though I had no idea what that was, and even though people questioned my decisions, I trusted the voice.

  • You have your own voice. Pay attention because it’s always speaking and there to guide you.

 

“Its never too late to start heading in the right direction.” – Seth Godin

Maybe you’ve gotten lost on the path, and you’re certain that you’ve failed. So what! Or better still, now what?

One step, one action can alter the course of your life. A few days after my birthday I decided to commit to a pretty intense detox. Five weeks later I felt empowered and energized, on the path to the transformation I envisioned that night.

  • You have an area of life that’s just as compelling. It’s time to choose it fully, and completely, without reservation.

“…in the end you are the only one who can make yourself happy. More important, …it is never too late to find out how to do it.” – Ruth Reichl

 

Sandi Amorim is a cage rattling Coach, Instigator and Writer on a mission to obliterate ‘someday’ thinking from the face of the earth. She’s out to wake people up to what’s important in life, and does so with over a decade of training and experience as a Solution Focused Coach and NLP Practitioner. She can be found sharing her slightly mad twist on personal development at Deva Coaching.

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Jackie Walker August 6, 2012 at

When my surgeon told me I wasn’t to play tennis or sports which required fast turning, my friends all cheered as I was the worst tennis player in the world! I love the Myriad Sprite quote ‘it’s never too late to give up’ – that’s going to shape my week :)
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Sandi Amorim August 6, 2012 at

That IS a great quote and one I’d never seen before. It actually made me laugh as I was writing the post and remembering times when I should have given up a lot sooner than I did! And I love the freedom that comes from allowing myself to give up, or as Seth Godin says in The Dip, “Quit the wrong stuff. Stick with the right stuff.”
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Sarah | Holistic Hot Sauce August 6, 2012 at

I picked up a book last year with that title “It’s Never Too Late to be What You might Have Been” – but never knew it was a George Eliot quote. Who knows, it might have been that book that propelled me to you Sandi! Great inspiration for a Monday morning!
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Sandi Amorim August 6, 2012 at

That quote always comes to mind when I feel fear or doubt about trying something new! It definitely helped me step into who I am as a writer when I began blogging 2 years ago :)
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Carol Hess August 6, 2012 at

I am taking late blooming and turning it into an art form, so I really love your message that it’s never too late, Sandi. I may be well past the midpoint of my life, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t make this the best time of life. In fact, that’s my goal!

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Sandi Amorim August 6, 2012 at

Blooming at any age is an art form Carol ;)
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Charlotte Rains Dixon August 6, 2012 at

Wonderful inspiration and tips Sandi, I love it!
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Sandi Amorim August 6, 2012 at

I love that I know so many inspiring women who really get and live this message!
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Michael Garvey August 6, 2012 at

“Think about how many aspects of life you have mistakenly assumed you are stuck with. And what if you’re not stuck at all?” Blew my mind. All those times I’ve convinced myself I’m stuck. What if I don’t have that to rely on anymore. I just might explode with possibilities.
“You have an area of life that’s just as compelling. It’s time to choose it fully, and completely, without reservation.” Interesting to read this line at this point as Parkour seemingly is taking over my life. At 52 to do some of these crazy moves seems like total insanity.
Amultitudeofthings, an interesting place to hang out. Great post Sandi. Thanks a bunch for blowing my mind and words that came as I’m about to step into the next progression.

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Sandi Amorim August 6, 2012 at

Yay to blowing up minds to make room for new possibilities!
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Cigdem Kobu August 8, 2012 at

Such a wonderfully empowering, inspiring, joy-bringing post, Sandi! Must read this over and over especially during times of doubt and trepidation. Thank you both to you and Andrea for sharing your fiery wisdom with us here!

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Sandi Amorim August 8, 2012 at

I’ve found that sometimes the best way to get through the doubt and trepidation is to write a post for someone else’s site! It’s such a great way to get out of my own head and think about what would make a difference for others :)
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Vanessa Vinos August 12, 2012 at

Wow! Being “too late” is something always seems to haunt me . It’s this fear of not doing what I want NOW (perhaps it comes from losing my Mum at quite a young age and remembering how she always put the fun things off until a later date, and never got there).

I LOVE all the quotes; so inspiring.

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