Have you ever stopped to think about it for 5 minutes? But then, you never get started again?? Unfortunately, this has become somewhat common in today’s is it a matter of procrastination? Is it the loss of the traditional work ethic that built this modern society? Is it the transformation from workers to academics – doers to thinkers? Have thoughts converted to fears of doing something wrong and therefore decided it better to not do it at all? Or, is it just a matter of laziness?
Regardless of the reason, the ultimate outcome remains the same – whatever was needed to get done…….doesn’t. There have been many political and economic debates in recent years on individual’s willingness and desire to work versus free handouts. Although there have been many valid points made on both sides of the argument, I personally believe that it is in man’s (and woman’s) core to accomplish.
So again……..why is it that often the “5 minutes to think about it” becomes indefinite? There is definitely a situation which requires a momentary pause to clearly and objectively review all the information before making a costly decision. However, more often than not such a momentary pause is not truly necessary. It is merely a delay tactic or an avoidance strategy.
Why delay? Why avoid? The most common reason…….fear of making a mistake.
A popular athletic shoe company ran a successful marketing campaign “Just Do It.” The campaign was not “just try” or “just succeed”. The reason this campaign/slogan was so successful is it struck us at our deepest core. We will just do it. If we do not succeed, then we will do it again. We will learn from each attempt. We will modify where necessary. We will just do it until we accomplish it.
Unfortunately in today’s society, many choose not to decide rather than face potential embarrassment, ridicule, or consequences for making the wrong decision. However in reality when one chooses not to decide, they still have made a choice…….the choice being to defer to someone else’s decision. Therefore, no one should ever defer a decision out of fear since, in reality, they are equally responsible. If the decision is wrong, then learn…adjust….correct…and succeed.
Thomas A. Edison arguably one of the greatest inventors never deferred. In fact, one of his most famous quotes while creating the light bulb was “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” It must be assumed that Thomas A. Edison on occasion stopped to think about it for 5 minutes, but needless to say (based on documented results it must also be assumed) he always started back up after 5 minutes.
So…..the next time you are confronted with a decision or situation are you going to stop 5 minutes to think about it? If so, how quickly are you going to get started again? Regardless of the initial results, the ultimate outcome and accomplishment will gratify you at your core. So what are you going do??
One final bit of wisdom…….”Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas A. Edison
Husband, father, coffee connoisseur and lover of all things hockey. At 51 I sometimes wonder have I done enough. I have been married to my best friend for 30 years. She knows all my faults and loves me anyway, As a father of “almost always” perfect boys, I am always surprised at what life has to offer. It is messy, scary, thrilling, and always fun.