Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
When do you do something? If you start too soon, you are likely to fail. If you wait until you are ready, you will fail to start. Somewhere between the two extremes is the proper answer.
However, the location of exactly where things are optimal is the hard thing to figure out. But, in fact there is a pretty broad area where things work fairly well, once you get past way too soon and before you get to way too late.
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him the most about humanity, answered:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
It is easy to plan things, to imagine what it will take to accomplish a task, or even to imagine that one has completed the task and is enjoying the rewards of accomplishment. However, the actual starting of the task is often the most challenging thing of al. It is only the action that will actually accomplish anything. In order to get something done, we must find the courage to do it.
Whether it is the deep breath before going off the diving board, or the small steps of wading into a lake or ocean, if you don’t get started, you’ll never get anywhere, right?
Summing-up: If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll wait for the rest of your life.