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Monday, May 20, 2013

3 Words that can prevent feelings of guilt

What will your tomorrow look like?
Have you ever decided to wait until tomorrow to do something important?  Perhaps it was completing a task at work or having a difficult discussion with an employee.  Maybe, you put off a visit to a loved one thinking it will wait until the next day.  It is easy to put things off especially when we are tired or have something else we need to do.

Procrastination is one reason we put things off because the task can be done later.  Conflicts in scheduling is another reason we put things off because we are not able to be in two places at the same time.  Confrontational issues are very easy to put off because we hate negative interactions.  Many reasons exist for delaying action but results are always the same; we choose to wait until later.

Over the last few weeks with the loss of two very dear family members, it became clear that sometimes tomorrow never comes.  The sudden loss of those we love and hold so dear makes us sad.  Then the thoughts arise that perhaps we could have spent more time visiting, called a few more times, or said I love you a few more times. 

Putting things off is a common trait of many people.  We know things change and tomorrow will never come for some, but we still find it difficult to believe it will happen to us.  We put off many tasks; some important others not so important. 

Business is time sensitive and completion of key activities requires completion of tasks in a timely manner.  Investors perceive missing deadlines and completion of stated goals as a failure of management.  The impact on the business can be devastating especially with public companies where shareholders can sell their shares.  Business partners may elect to adopt a less interactive posture if they feel you are not meeting their needs rapidly enough.

There are many reasons to wait until tomorrow.  There is one great reason that you should not wait;   sometimes tomorrow never comes!  Businesses die just like people.  Failure to act rapidly enough can increase the chances of failure.  Waiting may result in the failure of your telling someone you love him or her.  It can also prevent you from ever having that long needed conversation that will never take place.  In the end, there may be a tomorrow, but not for you even if you are the survivor.  The point is if there is something you are putting off, “DO IT TODAY!”  Why live with regret?

  Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed to via Amazon