“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” Earl Nightingale
“I want this yesterday!” It seems that’s the way we live in this fast moving world. What was recently 5-7 day shipping has become 2-day or even same-day shipping. We no longer need to wait for the radio to hear our favorite songs, a photo center to develop our photos, or DVDs to watch movies. “Now” may be the new standard when ordering products online or consuming media, but the rest of life doesn’t work this way.
This expectation of instant gratification distorts what it really takes to achieve something in life. It doesn’t translate to the important things in life such as relationships, proper health, building wealth, or personal and professional growth.
In fact, the wait for these important things is part of the process. Lottery winners who become wealthy overnight often end up broke in a very short time and those who undergo weight loss surgeries often gain their weight right back. Why? Because the journey and effort to reaching goals essentially trains you for handling the achievement of your goals.
It is easy to become frustrated with the time and effort required to accomplish the things that matter. We must be mindful of our own expectations for instant gratification and understand we won’t have the important things “now.”
Whatever goals you are working towards, know that as long as you have a plan and start working towards them, it will be worth the time required to accomplish it.
Rogelio H. Charles