Lose no time; be always employed in something useful. Benjamin Franklin
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill
Procrastination is the thief of time. Edward Young
Some of us are “challenged” when it comes to “Doing It Now”. We have difficulty in getting ourselves to get going on whatever it is that need doing, done. Our reasons for failing to take action range from such things as laziness and procrastination to problems with finishing a task once started. Such things as fear of failure and fear of rejection causes some of us not to step forward and do it now. There are many reasons we fail to act when the situation calls for action. It is one of the primary reasons why many of us fall short of our true potential.
Along with an aversion to “doing it now”, we have a difficulty known as risk aversion. For some, if we are less than absolutely sure and do not have a money back guarantee in case we fail, we will not even get our toes wet. It is as if it is beneath our dignity to ever attempt something if we are not guaranteed success. Many of us do not act at all if we are not confident we will be successful in our very first attempt. Doing something over and over again until we get it done, does not compute for us. We short change ourselves because we fail to even try.
Most of us know firsthand once we overcome inertia, procrastination or whatever holds us back, and take the first step, often this is enough to see us through to success. If we will make the initial effort and take action, we are perhaps halfway done. If we never act, try, or take the first step, our success happens. Things do not come easy for most of us. Sometimes it is all we can do to see something through until we overcome all the obstacles and difficulties that lie in our way. We often do not act because we lack the confidence we have what it takes. Most of the time, we are our own worst enemy and the biggest obstacle in preventing our success.
The phrase “Do It Now” is an affirmation to action. It can be like an injection of adrenalin that helps us overcome any reasons we may have for failing to take action immediately. It is powerful enough to overcome laziness, procrastinations, and a vast array of fears and other reasons and excuses for failing to act.
Challenge: Are you someone who can take action or someone who is prone to find reasons not to act? How you answer determines much about you. Those who act, get things done. Words are cheap, action is what counts. It is a very good thing to be more aware of your tendencies. Be conscious of those situations where you tend to not take action and be more action oriented. Your efficiency, productivity and your successes will reap the benefits.
Wisdom: You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King, Jr.
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11: 1
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
The best attitude is based on a spirit of love. It is the power of love that allows us to rise above conditions and be more in control of our thoughts and actions and less reactive to them. Those who seem to have it together are those who have good attitudes about themselves and their lives. We will always be limited both in our attitude and our ability to love because of our sinful nature. God enables us and shows us the way to a loving attitude.
Prayer: Help me to have more control over my tendency to procrastinate. Help me to take action when needed.