One of the greatest obstacles that face most people when it comes to pursuing a dream or when planning; in general, it’s the tendency to wait for the perfect opportunity to start acting.
Actually this is a disease, something that I’ve personally experienced a couple of times. I remember when I was a student back in High School, I would tell myself,
‘Biko, just wait until you buy a certain book …’, like for example the encyclopedia, ‘…then you’ll focus on writing short notes and be more serious with your studies!’
A promise I never fulfilled. It became a LOOP (Something I did over & over)! I call it the disease of waiting;
‘I’m waiting for a holiday break so I can be more serious with my prayers or relationship… waiting to get money so I can print my CVs and start looking for a job…’
It is like whatever you are waiting for holds your salvation or something that determines your dreams more than your will to succeed.
“Change, it will never come if you wait for some other person or some other time we are the ones that we’ve been waiting for, we are the change that we seek.” Barrack Obama once said that.
And there’s this great wisdom I know which configures this message in a more precise way; that… ‘there will never be a point in your life where is the right time to do a great thing. If you wait for the perfect moment, the perfect timing – it’s not going to happen. You have to create the perfect opportunity, the perfect time and the perfect situation’.
How you go about it?
You sacrifice, don’t be too comfortable, be restless… be hungry. Have those limited hours of sleep, don’t spend too much time on the internet, the social media, limit on your loitering, gaming or whatever leisure you think is consuming much of your time. You got to pay a price!
It’s up on you to bring your assets to purpose and give your dreams a voice & a life! It’s not about what or whom you wait for. Sometime back I read a quote on my neighbor’s wall which said,
‘Sometimes you got to move on without certain things or certain people, if they were meant to be in your life, they’ll definitely catch up.’
Because one thing I noticed about this ‘disease of waiting’ is that you will keep waiting, the ‘LOOP’- remember? When that thing you are waiting for reaches there will be another thing to be waited for, something will probably be missing at that particular moment or something unexpected that needs much attention shows up. Worse enough, you will mostly have this kind of a feeling that you have more time ahead, especially when there is no pressure to keep you moving.
You got to be focused, and strong willed! Have this kind of attitude that whatever decision you make, no matter how small it may seem… it speaks to you. You can’t always wait for the perfect moment, don’t wait to be okay first, I mean that’s a mentality for the weak, the lazy!
Just do what you can but no matter how small it may seem, it really makes a difference. It gives you the motivation, it keeps you connected to your dreams.
Waiting for the perfect moment is going to hold you back, just plan a little and start. Then keep perfecting on the mistakes that you make on the way. Otherwise if you wait for the perfect moment, you will eventually give up because of two reasons;
- You will NEVER figure out this perfect moment.
- You will NEVER have a perfect moment at the start.
I do believe; if you postpone something for some other time, I suppose that there would have been another valuable thing that might have been done at that particular time if you had not postponed the first task (I hope it’s not too complicated to understand? …that’s why am going to leave it there).
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new”. – Brian Tracy …you can’t grow if you keep procrastinating.
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today”.- Abraham Lincoln
“One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it. The mood will find you on the way.”. – Unknown