By Patricia L. Fitzgerald, Editor 2014-10-03 05:25:00
No Day But Today Later.” I believe it’s one of the most dangerous words in the English language, followed closely by “until” and “after.” Sure, they have some affirming uses: “I’ll see you later.” “I’ll be counting the hours until we meet again.” “I’m always happy after the magazine goes to the printer!” But, too often, they foster lethal procrastination: “I’ll do that project later.” “I can’t pursue that dream until I have more time.” “After I finally meet this goal, I’ll get started on that one.” In this issue, we’re focusing on how to jumpstart a stalled program or take a great one to an even higher level. But even with all the best of intentions, resources and other means of support, the process of making change—professional or personal— requires one key element that comes from within: your commitment. You need to commit to finding the time to do the work. In general, time is not your friend. There are only so many hours in the day and you have multiple responsibilities to accommodate. But there are also only so many days in a week, weeks in a year and years in a lifetime. These fly by, faster and faster. So, when your aspirations are ruled by later,” “until” and “after,” they may never come to pass. The rock musical “Rent” is most famous for its “Seasons of Love” anthem, which counts “525,600” minutes in a year, and suggests other ways to measure that passage of time (“in truths that she learned or in times that he cried…”). This song resonates, because it reminds us that time is fleeting and we must stay focused on our dreams to make the most of the one life we get. Another memorable number, “No Day But Today,” also calls on us to forgo “later.” We make choices with our time. Want to get your degree and be eligible for a better job/salary? Choose to spend less time in front of the TV and more time in front of the computer with an online class. Want to feel recharged at work? Choose to let go of tasks that you can delegate to others with a little training and a willingness to step away as they make them their own. Got a long commute? Choose to use it to “read” an audiobook, learn a language or get tips from inspiring podcasts. There will always be too many things that we “must” do. Seek ways that you can handle these more efficiently, so you can carve out time for the experiences, projects and relationships that you will never regret. As the saying goes, no one utters this type of end-of-life declaration: “I sure wish I spent more time at work—or doing laundry, sitting in traffic, shopping, watching television reruns….” Seize the day!
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