"Begin to be now what you will be hereafter." William James, in the original quotation, had the word now in the middle. James was a creative thinker. His proverbs are always thought provoking.
What a hopeful quotation! This speaks to the possibilities of life. The key word is begin. Commence, originate, arise, initiate, start—all of these are synonyms for the word begin involve taking a step forward. Embarking on a new journey toward a person’s life.
Of course, the word now is easy; however, it is always hard to get started on something new. Do not procrastinate or put off what needs to be set in motion today.
Procrastination is the thief of time.
It is not easy to to set off on a challenging path. Will it be any easier tomorrow or the next? Probably, not! Think of the opposite of procrastination: Persevere. Proceed forward. Never give up or give in.
The other important word in the quotation is hereafter. In this context, the definition would be the future. The implication here is that the future means a person’s life. Everyone has a goal for his life—marriage, career, education, home, children—these are the usual goals of man. Without goals and aspirations, why even get out of bed?
Putting it all together—Start today to work toward your goals for the future. It is your life. No one can design your life for you.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. Each day is a separate step toward where you want to be in one year, ten years…in your life.