The Two Best Inspirational Words Of The Year, One After The Other

Hey there, hero!

We’re coming up on the end of the year in terms of the videos I’ve produced.

And I did a little exercise for fun: try to distill the biggest lesson from the year, in the fewest number of words.

I actually got it down to one: “start”. But to me, that wasn’t nearly as powerful as the two-word phrase I decided to stick with.

Here you go…

Hope this helps!



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  1. I have brilliant ideas , but I’m afraid of not knowing the “how to” and afraid to ask for help. (Or perhaps don’t know how or who to ask for help). And so that Brilliant idea is quickly forgotten.
    Thanks David.
    Don’t Wait!!!!!!! Is sooooooo right for me.

  2. I love this! Don’t wait is definitely better than start. It has more encouragement built into it and less shame, because being able to do it feels implied. It’s about timing rather than knowing, which takes the pressure off. None of us know what we are doing when we are getting started, but that’s such a block for so many of us…which is a big part of why your videos are so wonderful.

  3. Hi David,
    Great ideas – but for me, I think the three words combined (actually four, since ‘do not’ is apostrophised… 🙂 ) have more power: in the need to overcome inertia (and avoid procrastination). So, ‘Start, Don’t Wait’ works better for me! It can be really amazing, how the effect of just starting can have its own reward in encouraging you to just keep on going.
    Perhaps another way of looking at the issue might be to take on the mantra of the Mastermind Quizmaster, who has just started to ask the last question when the buzzer goes for time: ‘I’ve started, so I ‘ll finish’.
    Thanks for all these so helpful videos, David – many of which have appeared, as if by magic, at just the right time. When the Student is ready, the Teacher will appear!

  4. Yes! This is fantastic. I like them both. I got more done this week than I have in months because I finally said “screw it” just go for it. Funny thing is the fear went right out the door when I went to task and didn’t think about anything else but getting things done. Those will be my words for 2020! Don’t wait! 5-4-3-2-1 Start!

  5. I’m definitely stealing your words, David! I like them both. “Start” and “Don’t Wait” each have their own power that I want to tap into. 2020 is gonna be MY year. Thanks being the wind beneath my wings!

  6. Hi David:)
    Many thanks for another awesome video! What resonates most for me – and this echoes Ken’s comment above – is “Start! Don’t wait!” combined.
    I intend for those to be the first words I say each day going forward:)

  7. David, I always appreciate your words of wisdom, but somehow this video spoke volumes to me. I’m going to start my mornings with “don’t wait” and see what that does for the procrastinator in me. I’m sure it’ll kick its butt! Thank you!!!