We have probably heard the somewhat sarcastic saying “why do today what you can put off until tomorrow”. Unfortunately, this type of talk is usually reserved for those who are watching the world go by and wondering when they are going to get their lucky break. Of course this lucky break seldom arrives! A positive future belongs to those with a vision and purpose. It is attained by those who seize opportunities and don’t let insecurity, fear, distraction and laziness derail their dream.
I was reminded of the importance of taking action and not delaying through a small lesson a couple of days ago.
I was taking my 4 year old to preschool – she was riding her bike (so cute) and I was running with our 2 year old in the buggie (stroller). Over the past couple of weeks the tyres were showing more and more wear and tear, to the point that you could see the bare thread where the tread had worn completely from parts of the tyre. On this day, the inevitable happened and we got a flat tyre. The tyre actually had a large hole where it worn through completely and the tube received a small puncture. I had to run the rest of the way to and from preschool lifting that wheel off the ground – my arms were very sore by the end!
I knew a few weeks earlier that the tyre needed to be changed. I even had a spare tyre in the shed but ‘just did not get around to it’. What a classic statement. In this case, the ramifications were minor but the learning major. Here are some key thoughts:
- Problems do not normally resolve themselves. They require positive intervention – decision-making, situational management and action as early as possible. If left, problems normally lead to bigger problems. Do not bury your head in the sane and pretend the problem does not exist – deal with it even if unpleasant or inconvenient.
- If you deal with it early, the problem is normally smaller than if you try and put out fires later. You are being far more efficient and effective if you address the issue quickly.
- Managing a situation in line with your timetable enables you to make more positive decisions than if you are forced to act in crisis mode. This can save a lot of time, money and heartache.
- Keep a close watch on attitudes of insecurity, fear, laziness and indifference that seek to cause us to procrastinate. Replace these with vision, purpose, planning and prioritising.
Lets be people who take action and make decisions in all areas of our lives. Act early and decisively and don’t let procrastination rob you of your dream.
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