When You Run In Place, Everyone Will Pass You By.
Failure's most successful strategy is procrastination. Now is the best time to be alive and productive. If you want to make an easy job seem difficult, just keep putting off doing it. "We're all fugitives, and the things we didn't do yesterday are the bloodhounds" (Prism). Said Joseph Newton, "A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred and we must come back and settle the account at last."
What holds people back? "There are those of us who are always 'about' to live. We're waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down-until, until, until. It always seems that there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living" (George Sheehan). One of the days is really none of these days. The "sweet by and by" never comes. People who desire, but don't act, soon find themselves frozen. They make as much progress as a glacier.
About the only thing that comes to a procrastinator is old age. Do today what you want to postpone until tomorrow. "Do not allow idleness to deceive you; for while you give him today, he steals tomorrow from you" (H. Crowquill). Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging-on of an uncompleted task.
When a person gets into a habit of wasting time, they are sure to waste a great deal that does not belong to them. "One day, today, is worth two tomorrows" (Ben Franklin). What may be done at any time will be done at no time. "Life is like a taxi, the meter keeps a-ticking whether you're getting somewhere or standing still" (Lou Erickson). The successful person does the thing that others never get around to. What the fool does in the end, the wise person does in the beginning.
"Don't stand shivering upon the banks; plunge in at once and have it over with" (Sam Slick). Tomorrow is the busiest day of the week. If there's a hill to climb, don't think that waiting will make it any smaller.
An unsuccessful person takes a hundred steps because they would not take one at the right time. If possible, make the decision now, even if the action is in the future. A reviewed decision is usually better than one reached at the last moment. "The fool with all his other thoughts, has this also, he is always getting ready to live" (Epicurus). He who fiddles around seldom gets to lead the orchestra. There is danger in delay because it is always better to reap two days too soon than one day too late.
Attack procrastination by elminating all excuses and reasons for not taking decisive and immediate action. "Tomorrow will I live," the fool does say; tomorrow itself is too late; the wise live yesterday" (Martial). "While the fool is enjoying the little he has, I will hunt for more. The way to hunt for more is to utilize your odd moments . . . the man who is always killing time is really killing his own chances in life" (Arthur Brisbane)
-Copyright of John Mason
Come back and read this again whenever you are feeling lazy, or slacking about, because motivation is not permanent.