Remember: courage, unused, diminishes. Commitment, unexercised, wanes. Love, unshared, dissipates. – Tony Robbins and here
What does that mean?
This quote reminds me of how fleeting the moment can be. It’s like the expression “strike while the iron is hot” for iron cools quickly and is more easily worked while hot.
It’s fairly easy to be brave for a moment, but more difficult to remain brave, if you don’t act on it. And the longer you wait, the tougher it is to remain brave.
It’s fairly easy to say you’re going to do something, but more difficult to do the task, if you don’t act on it. And the longer you wait, the tougher it is actually do it.
It’s fairly easy to feel love, but more difficult to continue to feel it, if you don’t act on it. And the longer you wait, the tougher it is to classify it as love.
Why is avoiding delay important?
While these quotes are about different things, the common thread is that delay will cost you dearly. Whether it’s having your courage fade or fail, your commitment to a project or cause fade, or a love drifting away, delay is not going to help any situation.
What does delay actually get you? Only those trying to avoid bad news or disagreeable tasks have much to gain from delay. And then, when it does catch up with them, the news or task tends to have become even larger in the time while you were delaying.
Difficulties rarely fade with delay. Instead they tend to increase and even multiply. Prompt action when difficulties first occur prevents them from becoming worse. Acting in a moment of courage gets things done. Acting on a commitment gets things done. And acting on love, sharing it, can get a lot done as well.
Where can I apply this in my life?
Procrastination is a real killer of opportunity. It is the opposite of action. It keeps you from doing things. It leaves you discouraged, amid broken commitments, and the owner of a lonely heart. That sounds like a great combination, doesn’t it? No, not really.
What are the things you are putting off? In which aspects of you life have you become discouraged or disheartened? Think about that for a few moments. What was the cause of the discouragement? For me, it was almost universally my lack of action.
This lack of action was largely due to uncertainty. The delay bled me of the courage to act. Now about you? Were there any instances of lack of action in your past? To how many of these instances of diminished courage does delay apply?
In what aspects of your life have you found your commitments floundering, fading, or failing? Think about that for a few moments. What was the cause of the loss of commitment? Again, for me it was quite often a lack of action which lead to the failure to live up to my commitments.
For me, this was often due to poor planning (or poor remembering) on my part. When I quickly took action, I stayed true to my commitments, I usually found that things generally went well. How about you? Were there any instances of lack of action in your past? To how many of these instances of diminished commitment does delay apply?
In what aspects of your life have you found your loves or passions decreasing, diminishing, or dissipating? Think about that for a few moments. What was the cause of the passion or love? Once again, not taking action was one of the biggest reasons I lost interest.
For me, this was often due to being too busy. It is part of my ADHD, where I am easily distracted, and often have far too many interests or projects going to actually be passionate about any of them. That leads to many of them sitting for far too long, and becoming diminished over time.
Lack of action also has cost me in my love life, as often others would have asked a girl out before I got up the nerve, and the opportunity was lost. How about you? Were there any instances of lack of action in your past? To how many of these instances of diminished love or passion does delay apply?
This quote specifies three aspects of our lives where delay is costly. How many other aspects of your life have you delayed, and lost something valuable because of the delay? How many of those opportunities would you like to have had a second chance to act?
We don’t often get second chances. But with appropriate action, we can make the most of the first chances when they occur. Yes, you have to look before you leap, and at least a rough plan is advisable, but sometimes you just have to go with your gut feeling and take immediate action.
Always remember that delay is a thief. Don’t let it steal from you those things you value the most.