Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! The number one destiny killing device on earth is the habit of postponing what you should have done yesterday. The easiest way to decapitate uncommon ideas is to keep postponing the day you will act on them.
Waiting is good, but don’t wait forever. There will never be a perfect time to do anything on earth. If you ask me, I will say that the perfect time to step out was yesterday; the next perfect time is right now. Some ladies missed the opportunity to get married because they were waiting for Billionaires and Angels to knock on their doors. I’m sure there is a young man somewhere who missed the opportunity to marry a lady because he was waiting for the perfect time to propose to her until the lady showed up with her wedding invitation.
“Mr. C. D’s. case shows what happens to big ideas when one waits until conditions are perfect before taking action on those ideas. Shortly after World War 11, C.D. got a job with the Customs Division of the U.S. Post Office Department.
He liked his work, but after five years he became dissatisfied with the confinement, regular hours, low pay, and the seniority system with its relatively narrow chances for advancement. Then he got an idea. He had learned a great deal about what it takes to be successful importer. Why not set himself up in the business of importing low-cost gift items and toys?
C.D. knew many successful importers who didn’t have his knowledge of the ins and outs of this business. It’s been ten years now since C. D. decided he wanted to go into business for himself. But today, he’s still working for the Customs Office.
Why? Well, every time C. D. was just about ready to cut loose on his own, something happened that stopped him from taking action. Lack of money, economic recessions, new baby, need for temporary security, trade restrictions, and more excuses all served as reasons for waiting, for postponing.
The real truth is that C. D. let himself develop into a passivationist. He wanted conditions to be perfect before he took action. Since conditions were never perfect, C. D. never took action.”~David J. Schwartz. There are millions of people across the world, especially in Africa who are like Mr. C. D. right now. They have uncommon ideas, but they are afraid to step out.
Every employee must understand that there is no job security anywhere in the world. Even if your boss did not fire you he may misuse the money of the organization or even gamble with it and declare bankruptcy. So the earlier you start doing something about your ideas, talents and skills, the better for you. There will never be a perfect time to do anything on earth, you must create the perfect time and step out!
Here are two things to do to help you avoid the costly mistake of waiting until conditions are perfect before you at:
1. Expect future obstacles and difficulties. Every venture presents risks, problems, and uncertainties. Let’s suppose you wanted to drive your car from one city to another city, but you insisted on waiting until you had absolute assurance that there would be no detours, no vehicle trouble, no bad weather, no drunken drivers, no risk of any kind. When would you start? Never!
In planning your trip to that city it makes sense to map your route, check your car, in other ways to eliminate as much risk as possible before you start. But you can’t eliminate all risks. You must step out and be ready to take on any risk or challenges that might show up on your way. But you must start. And please start right now!
2. Meet problems and obstacles as they rise. The test of a successful person is not the ability to eliminate all problems before he takes action, but rather the ability to find solutions to difficulties when he encounters them.
In business, marriage, or in any activity, cross bridges when you come to them. It is guaranteed that you will encounter many bridges on your way to the top, your ability to cross them will determine how successful you will become in life. You can’t buy an insurance policy against all problems. Make up your mind right now to do something about your ideas. Stop waiting and start acting!
Ideas are important. Let’s make no mistake about that. We must have ideas to create and improve anything. Success shuns the man who lacks ideas. But let’s make no mistake about this point either. Ideas on themselves are not enough. That idea for getting more customers, for simplifying work procedures, is of value only when it is acted upon.
Every day thousands of people bury good ideas because they are afraid to act on them. And afterwards, the ghost of those ideas come back to hunt them. Put these two thoughts deep in your mind. First, give your ideas value by acting on them. Regardless of how good the idea, unless you do something with it, you gain nothing.
Second, act on your ideas and gain mind tranquility. Someone once said that the saddest words of tongue or pen are these: it might have been! Everyday you hear someone saying something like, “Had I gone into business seven years ago, I’d sure be wealthy right now.” Or “I had a hunch it would work out like that, I wish I had done something about it.”
Dear friend, if you want to succeed in life and accomplish great things before you die, kindly stop procrastinating. Stop postponing the day you will act on either your ideas or your vision. Action is better than story telling. Many people wouldn’t have died unfulfilled if only they stepped out to make their lives count when they generated uncommon ideas. The time to act is now. Step out immediately, spread your wings and soar! See you at the top!
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