Waiting is the reason life hasn’t changed.
Waiting seldom takes you where you want to go. You aren’t where you hoped because you haven’t taken steps to get there; you’ve waited.
The path to disappointment and dissatisfaction is paved with waiting.
Why we wait:
- Expecting giant leaps.
- Rejecting incremental progress.
- Forgetting that certainty is a myth. Needing it stagnates.
- Letting obstacles obscure goals.
- Hoping others would help but they didn’t.
- Feeling alone.
- Feeling incompetent.
- Belief that things will eventually improve, on their own.
- Fear of losing what you currently have.
- The present isn’t painful enough, yet.
Start stepping toward something new when:
- The present is acceptable but not satisfying.
- Challenges have slipped into easy rhythms.
- Boredom sets in.
- New opportunities emerge.
How to stop waiting:
- Project yourself into an unchanged future. If nothing changes will you be fulfilled ten years from now?
- Realize nothing will change until you change it. Don’t wait for others to create the “right” conditions.
- Spend a day writing down every dissatisfying element of your life.
- Cross off everything on your dissatisfaction list that others control.
- Prioritize the items you control starting with the most dissatisfying.
- Focus on items in the middle of your list. Don’t start with the biggest, baddest items.
- Take small steps toward something new.
- Stop letting uncertainty about the “best” future prevent from pursuing a “better” future. Better comes before best so go for better.
- Take steps that open more doors than they close, at least in the beginning. There may come a point when closing doors is the more important than opening new ones.
- Pat yourself on the back.
Stop Waiting – Take Steps.
How can people know when they should begin changing things?
What can people do to step toward a preferred future?
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