While we are postponing, life speeds by. – Seneca
What does that mean?
It means that time waits for no one. If you make a habit of putting things off, you will find you have run out of time to get things done. If you don’t get out and do things, life will speed by you, and you will very likely regret it.
Life seems to have one speed and one direction (relativistic speeds and some forms of quantum theory aside). Everyone gets the same number of hours in a day, and days in a year. In that, all of humanity is the same. What makes us different is how we make use of the hours, days and years that are given to us.
Why is action important?
Action is the cure for procrastination. We all have plans, ideas, things we want to do, people to meet, places to see. The trick is actually doing these things, and not just thinking about them.
Some of us spend a tremendous amount of time planning a project, preparing for nearly any eventuality. This is only wasted time if you never take action. Action on a plan is the first step to getting it done.
Action will help bring you closer to your desires. It will help you attain your goals. Without it, not much is going to happen. Without action, life will speed by and leave you behind. I don’t know about you, but that last sentence makes me feel a little sad.
Where can I apply this in my life?
Most of the time, what you really need is a little momentum. Tony Robbins has a saying that I try to live by: “Never leave the scene of a decision without taking action!” That includes plans. I start my momentum by doing something immediately after finishing a plan.
Momentum builds each time you get another step closer to your goal, closer to completing the project. Each of these actions serve to reinforce your belief that you can accomplish the tasks that make up the plan, and lead to the completion of the goal.
What are some of your more immediate plans, aspirations or goals? Any reason they aren’t done yet? Grab some paper and write down a few of your ‘back burner’ projects, things that aren’t presently being worked on, but you want to get them done eventually.
Some of the projects might be waiting on something outside yourself. But, if you’re like most of the people I know, your projects are waiting on you. Now I understand it is possible to have too many things to do at once. Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt.
What I would do is look at your schedule. What are you doing that is less important than completing some of these tasks? Find some time and eliminate that excuse (face it, most of the time you’re not giving reasons why it isn’t done, you are making excuses).
Revise the plans as needed to fit in your available time and budget. Figure out what you need and get it, be it tools, training or professional help. Then pick a small task and get it done right now. Yes, now. I’ll still be here when you get back. Now.
How different does the plan feel, now that you have done something to start it, now that you have taken some action? I don’t know about you, but I always feel a lot better. I feel the program getting under way, I feel a surge of enthusiasm and pleasure.
Now, all you have to do is keep the action going. Keep an eye on your schedule. I know that the TV is calling, your friends want to come over and watch the big game, and there are a million other calls for your time, attention and effort. Keep track of your priorities and keep working toward your goals.
Action, it speaks louder than words. It gets things done. It is how we often measure someone’s success in life. Do things, and don’t let life speed by. Take action and live your life!
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