Wait and See---The Worst Strategy
May 03, 2010
What will it take for you to make a move? Take the chance? Do what you have wanted to do? Have the network and mentor you always wanted?
The worst thing is to just wait for the"right" time. The time when all of the conditions are ideal.
It is the most common thing I hear. "I think I am going to wait and see." Wait until.....things calm down, I am not as busy, until the kids are out of/get back to school, until-----WHAT???!! Stop the madness. Stop the irrational indefensible excuses.
It's May 2010. Let's reflect on the promises you made to yourself just 4 months ago. Remember?
We are always in a marathon. It is a long race that requires great effort that is sustained. But like all races you have hills and you have slopes. You have weather and you have wind. You have competition and you have your body's responses. Stuff happens. My point is, what is the best time to start making your move? Nowis the only time you have. It is always now. As Eckhart Tolle says, yesterday is a former now and tomorrow is a future now.
"The challenge is in every moment and the time is always now." James Baldwin
Yes, the economy is showing signs of recovery. And the stock market is returning to its previous form. Yet, the jobs and the opportunities have not mirrored theses economic measures---they never do. There is always a lag effect. Jobs will follow. So you wait. For what? Certainty?
There are many flaws with the waiting strategy. When times are good, whatever that means, most people (present company excluded :)) tend to get comfortable with their lives and feel less motivated to make a change. Second, waiting til its warm and safe to dive into the pool of opportunities is when everyone wants to go swimming and the waters are crowded and unwelcoming. Lastly, how long you willing to wait? Years? Because it will be years.
What do you think the sheep-like masses are doing? Your competition? Yes, they are waiting too.
Waiting is just a euphemism for procrastination. Procrastination is another word for laziness. Laziness is the most dangerous mode because it robs the individual and everyone around her from the benefits of talent and passion fulfilled.
So stop waiting. What are you waiting for? A sign? This is your sign. :)
If you know what you want, go for it! If you aren't sure then start exploring!
If you don't want to do it for yourself, do it for us. We need everyone to push themselves to contribute more to our society and to our world. Hard to imagine a world with more needs and challenges than we have today. The only thing worse will be if people decide to be bystanders, unwilling to give their all.
Waiting is a waste of time and talent. Push forward and make it happen.
Thanks for reading. John