The One Thing That Doesn’t Delay (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 189)
“There’s no risk when you go after a dream. There’s a tremendous amount of risk to playing it safe.”
— Bill Burr
What is the one thing in the world that does not delay? Time. Time never procrastinates. You’ll never see time running late. Time doesn’t dwell on past events and circumstances and it doesn’t wait until tomorrow or some indefinite moment in the future. Time is always moving in the most amazing ways.
People make time their enemy instead of their friend. Because instead of moving with it, they move against it or stand still altogether. Most people dwell on decisions and indecisions for days, weeks, months, and years. In the end, they don’t make the decision at all and oftentimes come to a worst situation than they had previously.
There is always this little man that we have dreamed up in our heads that we believe wants us to wait for him to hand something to us. The problem is, this little man does not have anything to give to us. And worse yet, he does not even exist. But he lives in our minds and he lives in everyone else’s minds and we listen to him.
He tells us to wait, that it is not safe, that we need more information or willpower or strength or education, or more of something else before we step out. None of that stuff ever comes because dreams don’t depend on having everything. They simply rely on having faith — even if it is just a little bit — in something.
Quit waiting for life to hand you something. It’s not going to happen. Time will keep on ticking, ruthlessly passing you by and leave you in a huge smoky pile of regret. That’s the flip side of time. Time itself does not wait. We wait and wait and wait, and arrive at a place called nowhere with nothing to show for our efforts.
Time does not waste itself. We waste it. We dream about our goals but do nothing to reach them. There is no risk as great as not being willing to risk anything. Risk is not really risk if you are moving in a direction that will help you achieve your goals at the quickest and most productive rate possible. Procrastination results in a good deal of regret. Time itself doesn’t have the patience to sit and sob with you about it.
Dreamers and accomplishers are on opposite ends of the spectrum. In between is the will to follow through until a goal is reached. Until you learn to value your time and use your time wisely, you will not get anything done and rarely will you be prepared when opportunity comes knocking.
Opportunity knocks on the doors of those who are already busy. To say you are waiting for opportunity is a cop-out for taking action. The idea that time is ticking should be like pricking yourself with a pin. It should make you jump up fast and do something. There is nothing so fatal to character and discipline as tasks half-finished, goals half-reached, and dreams half-realized.
“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
— William James