If you follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, or any of the other social media sites, you know I frequently post a thought for the day. The one I posted last Friday keeps gnawing at me so I want to write more about it.
The post said: “Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable are the kinds who usually end up doing nothing.”
Do you realize how true that is? People are always waiting for just the right time. Something is always going on that makes this moment not the right moment. And the reason for delaying action always seems so logical and rational.
I’ve been speaking to groups for over 25 years. You have no idea how many thousands of business executives, after hearing my speech, have indicated interest in bringing our work into their organizations. But the time is just not right, now! We have to get the right people on the team first. We’re doing this installation of something or another and it has us preoccupied. Or we’re just busy at the moment with something else.
In every case, the conversation ends with: please follow up with me in X amount of time. Then we’ll get to work.
Do you know how many times people like that actually take action after the designated amount of time, or one or more extensions of that time? Almost ZERO. There may have been a few over the years, just to be fair, but they are few and far between.
I tell you this because I guarantee you do this. You put off doing many of the things that would be in your best interests because conditions just don’t seem quite right. Heck, I even see myself doing it. I think we all do it.
Why? I think it’s because the dominant conversation in our head is fear-based and rather than looking at the upside of the particular action we are contemplating, we tend to look at the downside. And since we try to avoid pain at all cost, we tend to put things off until somehow it feels better. But it never does.
So I tell you again: People who delay action until all factors are favorable are the kinds who usually end up doing nothing!
So stop procrastinating. If something calls to you to do, do it. Or forget it, one or the other. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing now. If it’s not worth doing now, forget it and move on. Keep life simple and stop driving yourself crazy trying to figure out when the right time will be. There is never a right time. There is only NOW!