What Are You Waiting On?

 

What are you waiting on?

Are you happy? Do you like your job? Do you like the people in your life? What about where your life is headed? Do you find joy in each of your days?

If you could change your fate, would you?

Now, forget the answers you would tell someone else if they asked these questions. Forget the answers you tell yourself. Think about these questions again slowly. Savor the questions.

Are you happy? Do you like your job? Do you like the people in your life? What about where your life is headed? Do you find joy in each of your days?

If you could change your fate, would you?

Almost everyone I know is waiting. They are waiting until the kids are grown, or they have more money, or they have a better job, or someone else does something for them. Some have waited so long, they don’t even know what they are waiting on any longer. Just waiting, and the days go by.

To make the wait seem like a good idea, we tell ourselves stories. We fool ourselves. And the longer we wait, the more the wait becomes the new reality, the new habit. Eventually, it becomes the old reality, the habit of our life.

People waiting in lineI see some people who can list all the things they are waiting on, often things that you and I both doubt will ever happen. I don’t mean this to sound horrible, but I see some people explain all they are waiting on to the point they seem to just be waiting until their days are done. They are not even waiting any more, only passing time while stuck in place.

We don’t get today back and we won’t get to do tomorrow more than once. The wait is made tolerable by the lies we tell ourselves, the reality we construct to justify the inactions.

This is not the same as preparing for something. The preparing, if done right, is not waiting. It is a movement in its own and it should bring joy and fulfillment in its own way.

Fooling ourselves is one of the biggest flaws in communication. Once we fool ourselves, we set about to fool others too. We have reasons, excuses, stories, and concerns. If you don’t pay attention, these will not be excuses. They will be your reality.

What are you waiting on? Are you sure?

 


Glenn S. PhillipsGlenn S. Phillips is the author of the book Nerd-to-English: Your Everyday Guide to Translating Your Business, Your Messages, and Yourself.  You can email Glenn directly at glennsphillips@nerdtoenglish.com.

Glenn is also the president of Forte’ Incorporated, a consulting firm that works with business leaders to understand and address the often hidden technology and business risks lurking within their organizations.

© Copyright 2012. Glenn S. Phillips, Forte’ Incorporated. (205) 985-1111

 

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Glenn S. Phillips works with leaders who want to leverage technology and understand risks within. An author and blogger, Glenn is often quoted in national media, plays a really ugly tuba (it even has a bullet hole) and is a fan of dark chocolate and great puns.