90. Do one thing you've been afraid to do.

QUOTE: 90. Do one thing you’ve been afraid to do.

We’re all afraid: of what might or might not happen, of what we can’t change, of what we won’t be able to do, or of how other people might perceive us. So it’s easier to hesitate, to wait for the right moment, to decide we need to think a little longer or do some more research or explore a few more alternatives.

Meanwhile days, weeks, months, and even years pass us by. And so do our dreams.

Don’t let your fears hold you back. Whatever you’ve been planning, whatever you’ve imagined, whatever you’ve dreamed of, get started on it today.

If you want to start a business, take the first step. If you want to change careers, take the first step. If you want to expand or enter a new market or offer new products or services, take the first step.

Put your fears aside and get started. Do something. Do anything. Otherwise, today is gone. Once tomorrow comes, today is lost forever.

Today is the most precious asset you own–and is the one thing you should truly fear wasting.  [1]

REFLECTION

APPLICATION:
How does this proverb apply to my personal life?
How does this proverb apply to my professional life?
How does this proverb apply to my pastoral work?
How does this proverb apply to my relationship with and my understanding of God?

OTHER FLAVORS OF THIS CONCEPT:

SOURCES:
Productivity 101 is part of the Listicles Project – an attempt to bring into focus the archetypes of wisdom, the ideas about a topic which occur again and again in a conversation about a topic. The question is this: if we combined all the listicles written on a topic into one giant list, what discrete elements would be present? Each instance of a generic proverb will have a context and flavor contributed by the current author, which add value to the underlying archetypical proverb. I believe that there is a Generic Common Sense or Generic Common Wisdom; I’m hoping to bring it into focus.

[1] This blog post originates with an element from Jeff Haden’s excellent article, “90 Smart Ways to Radically Boost Your Productivity: An epic list of ways to increase your personal productivity and be a lot more successful.” It was published on Inc.com on 1/9/2017. As it is so comprehensive, it’s an excellent starting place to identify and combine proverbs of generic common wisdom.
https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/first-90-days-90-ways-to-boost-your-productivity.html
As the initial proverb may be altered, here is the original quote: 90. Do one thing you’ve been afraid to do.

We’re all afraid: of what might or might not happen, of what we can’t change, of what we won’t be able to do, or of how other people might perceive us. So it’s easier to hesitate, to wait for the right moment, to decide we need to think a little longer or do some more research or explore a few more alternatives.

Meanwhile days, weeks, months, and even years pass us by. And so do our dreams.

Don’t let your fears hold you back. Whatever you’ve been planning, whatever you’ve imagined, whatever you’ve dreamed of, get started on it today.

If you want to start a business, take the first step. If you want to change careers, take the first step. If you want to expand or enter a new market or offer new products or services, take the first step.

Put your fears aside and get started. Do something. Do anything. Otherwise, today is gone. Once tomorrow comes, today is lost forever.

Today is the most precious asset you own–and is the one thing you should truly fear wasting.

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