What are you waiting for?

There is no better time to ask the question.   What are you waiting for?  The beauty of the New Year is we all have the same 365 Days in front of us.  The variable is what we do with our 365.  Time is one of the great equalizers in life.  And, it is also a great equalizer in Business.

What are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for the fear to pass?  It is usually the fear of taking the next step that causes more anxiety than actually taking the step.  It is easy to allow fear to paralyze you.   At some point, almost everyone faces situations where the fear of the unknown is keeping them from taking that next step.  Don’t let fear hold you back, remember this about FEAR, it’s usually False Expectations Appearing Real.

What are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for a sign to act?  A man is caught in a flooding river, he starts praying to God to save him.   A boat comes by with room for one more, but he declines and says that God will save him.   The water rises.  A couple minutes later an empty raft slowly passes nearly touching him.  He lets it pass, sure that God will save him.  The water rises.  Next, a Rescue Helicopter lowers a rope for him, begging him to grab the rope.  He yells up that God will save him and doesn’t grab the rope.   Minutes later the river overtakes the man and he drowns.  When he gets to Heaven he asks God why he left him to drown?  God replies back “I sent you a boat, a raft, and a helicopter to try and save you!”   Sometimes the signs are there and we choose to overlook them.

What are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for the perfect time?   How many times have you said the timing just isn’t right?  Is it that the timing isn’t right or is it an excuse for not taking the next step?  People can talk themselves out of just about anything.   The reality is there is always going to be some elements of uncertainty with timing.  We don’t know exactly what the economy is going to do.   We can weigh out the variables as best we can and try to make educated decisions, look at trends, and so on, but we never know with 100% accuracy what the future is going bring.   Maybe the better question is, “Why isn’t now the perfect time?”  If you can’t honestly disqualify your answer, the perfect time may be NOW. In general, action is much more rewarded than delay…

What are you waiting for?

A few years ago, Nickelback released a song with this title; ‘What are You Waiting for?’  It may not have been one of their biggest hits, but it is a great song to challenge yourself with as you look forward into the New Year and it was the inspiration for this post.    So what is it for you….a larger location?  a new product line? a new geographical area?  a new marketing campaign?  updating your website?   expanding/remodeling your office?  taking more time off?  Working more on your business and less in it?  What are you waiting for?

Bonus:  Here’s a link to a video of Nickelback’s What are you waiting for? that is kind of cool.  Hope you enjoy it.

So what are you waiting for?  What are your thoughts?  Would love to hear some comments and feedback on moves or changes that you delayed or put off in your business but after you made the changes you wished you would have made them months or years earlier.

Chris Steinlage Kansas City Business Coach

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