If you are as old as I am, you have heard this expression before. I remember when I was a kid waiting for a big event, like my birthday to come or watching the clock waiting for my friend to arrive…Every time I did this, time seemed to slow to a stand still and it took FOREVER for my birthday to come or for my friend to come over.
Then there’s the polar opposite – when you are so involved in something that it’s almost as if the whole day goes by and what felt like 15 minutes was really hours. I’m sure you can think of times like that – working on a pet project, a day at the beach or learning something new that you were really jazzed about.
So, bringing it together, common sense says:
Standing still gets you nowhere…Movement gets you somewhere…
But some days, it’s hard to start moving. Some days even though we want to move, we sit and think about where we want to go – but don’t take any actions to get there. Some days we are waiting….just waiting…
Believe me, I have been there. I have spent days waiting – and looking back I’m not sure what I was waiting for. Permission? A magic wand? Lightening to strike? Who knows. All I know is I was waiting.
And I still have those days but I will share with you how I not only have less of them but snap out of them when they appear – and boy do they like to appear!
- I set my daily action words, my Words of Today (WOT)
- I remind myself of my guiding words. I have 3 of them and they are words that remind me of my truest, best self. Words that I want to live up to each day.
- I am more aware of my body and the signals it is sending me. If I start to gaze off, feel I have less energy, hit a social media site and start just looking around – those are red flags that I am not in my action zone.
- I keep in mind that I’m not after perfection but after doing! And I keep Seth Godin’s words in mind “Ship it!”
So, for those of you waiting for something to happen – stop waiting! For those of you looking for permission – permission granted!
The longer we wait for things to happen, the more of life we miss. Don’t miss out!