You don’t wait for a goal—you work for it.
Perhaps you have heard someone say something like, “I have been waiting for this all my life!” A student says, “I have been waiting for the day I get my degree.” Or a retiring worker states on his last day that, “I’ve been waiting 30 years for this.”
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A more proactive approach might be to replace the word “waiting” with “working.” You don’t wait for a goal—you work for it. The degree, the dream job, the money, the retirement, or the lifestyle does not come to those who wait (and do little). It comes to those who work and meet the standard.
This is where an entitlement mentality will derail a person. Procrastination won’t help much either. Nor will looking out the metaphorical window and blaming all of those people out there for personal missteps and troubles. Time to take a long look in the mirror and take action.
Maybe you’ve heard someone say that “30 is the new 20”; or “40 is the new 30.” Unfortunately, this “put-it-off” mentality can lull us into thinking that those 10 years will just magically reappear if we just wait for them.
For those of us who have financially and emotionally prepared for the “retirement years,” I can tell you that we are not waiting for those years. We have been steadily working for those years. It appears, though, that many are waiting for their retirement income as well. One source reported, “The National Institute on Retirement Security says that ‘92 percent of working households do not meet conservative retirement savings targets for their age and income.’” The question becomes, “Exactly what are they waiting on?”
I’ve written often on this blog about the power and purpose of goals. It’s great to have dreams. More importantly, it’s better to have actions to get to those dreams. Whether you shoot for weight loss, a career change, a new skill, an advanced degree, or a relationship repair, what strategy do you embrace? Have you been waiting or working for your dreams? The first step requires awareness of what you are doing. Then question your assumptions about why you are doing what you are doing. Now you are ready for appropriate action–to begin (or continue) to do the necessary work.
Make it a wonderful week—H.T.R.B. as needed.
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