June 9

Today's quotation:

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time
will pass anyway; we might just as well put
that passing time to the best possible use.

Earl Nightingale

Today's Meditation:

Sometimes I find myself not even starting something because I think that it will take too much time.  And then a few months later I think about that something again and I realize:  I'd be done by now if I had started back then.  It's not the best feeling in the world to reach that realization.  When I do, I think about lost opportunities and of the things I might have done if I had just given myself the chance to do it.

It may take you a long time to write that novel, but if you start it and do just a page a day, you'll have 365 pages a year from now.  And that year would have gone by anyway, whether you worked on the novel or not.  It may seem like a daunting task to get the yard cleaned up, but if you don't start it there's one guarantee--you never will clean it up.

There are many things that we would like to accomplish in life, and many things that we never start because we have a bit of fear that we may not finish them or that they may be more difficult than we thought they'd be.  But even if we start and don't finish, at least we haven't let the fear of the thing keep us from beginning something we felt we needed to begin.

Time keeps going on and on, and there's nothing we can do about that.  There is, however, something we can do about what we do with our time.  Someday years from now, I hope to look back and say that even if I didn't accomplish all I wanted, at least I gave everything my best effort and didn't back off because I was afraid it might take too much time.

Questions to consider:

What are some reasons we might put things off because of the fear of the time it will take?

Have you ever not started something only to regret later not having started?  What was it?  How might you have started it?

Would you rather pass your time trying to do something you want to do, or backing away from it?
For further thought:

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.  It's as simple as that.  A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now.  Not tomorrow.  Not next week.  But today.  The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.

Nolan Bushnell

  

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