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You can’t edit a blank page.
You have to get your ideas out of your head and put them down on paper.
You’ve got to start scribbling away or frantically typing.
It doesn’t matter that it’s not perfect the first time.
It doesn’t matter if you have to delete most of it (or even all of it) and start again.
“The boss won’t let me.”
“That’s not what they taught me at university.”
“I don’t have the time.”
“No-one will choose me.”
“I’m not one of the lucky ones.”
“I don’t have permission yet.”
“I’m just waiting for the perfect opportunity.”
Here’s the deal with these statements, they’re delaying tactics and excuses used by the mind to stop you from doing what you are meant to do with your life.
Your boss may never let you, so either start without their permission or get a new boss.
It’s a well known reality among farmers that not every seed they plant will germinate and turn into a plant that is useful for harvesting.
But of course, they can’t necessarily know which seeds will be successful and which ones won’t, so they prepare the ground, sow a lot of seeds, water them all and see what happens.
They don’t plant a single seed, get frustrated when nothing happens and then just give up.
I don’t know what your situation is or what your aspirations are, but if you’re depending on a single action to get you the breakthrough that you’re looking for, you’re probably going to be very disappointed.
You want to do great things with your life?
You want to develop world-class skills?
You want to maximise the capabilities that you’ve been given?
You want to transform the world?
You want to be the best parent/partner/boss/entrepreneur/speaker/tradesperson/artist you can be?
The Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore once wrote:
“Spring has passed.
Summer has gone.
Winter is here…
and the song that I meant to sing remains unsung.
For I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument.”
What a wonderful, sober description of a life not lived.
The tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest is 8,848 metres above sea level according to official records.
However, due to movements in tectonic plates, it is estimated that Everest continues to grow by about 4 mm each year.
It’s extraordinary to think that the tallest mountain in the world is still growing and in a few generations will need to be measured again.
So, how tall is Mount Everest?
Karen and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this December.
It goes without saying that we wouldn’t have made it this far if I made a habit of flirting with other women (let’s assume for the sake of this post that I have the ability to flirt, which I don’t, but I digress).
If I was distracted from my beloved, spent excessive time with other women or focused on meeting their needs and not Karen’s, then we wouldn’t have a very successful marriage.
I don’t just want to have a successful marriage, but I want to be successful at everything I do.
As a parent, a speaker, a business owner, a writer.
It’s tempting sometimes to flirt with mediocrity.
If you hear nothing else today, please know this:
You are valuable.
You are valued.
You have a unique set of skills and you can do things that no-one else can do.
You are created in the image of God.
And He has a plan for your life.
If you stop now…
You’ll never get there.
You’ll always wonder, “What if…?”
You’ll be more inclined to make excuses to stop again in the future.
You’ll prove your critics right.
You’ll regret it forever.
Spend time with your family today, so that tomorrow you are more connected.
Read today, so that tomorrow you are better informed.
Work hard today, so that tomorrow you have less stress in your life.
Invest in someone else by encouraging and coaching them, and watch them flourish tomorrow.
Exercise and eat well today, so that you feel better and have more energy tomorrow.