Summary of Main Ideas
1. How we use our time matters.
It’s amazing how quick folks are to push off the hard work for another day. I’m always shocked by how quickly people want to take a vacation before they’ve done the hard work, or take time off to recover before they’ve really done anything.
So many people never actually hit their second wind, because they give up before they get there. Runners know all about the second wind, and how if you just push through the discomfort, you get that runner’s high, and it is glorious.
But the trick is, you’ve got to get past that wall to get to your second wind.
2. Quit kicking the can down the road.
It may seem to offer some temporary relief, but the problem is, once you get to the end of the road, the can is still going to be there, waiting for you.
Instead, pick the can up and deal with it. Face the problem. Have the difficult conversation. Don’t shy away from the hard stuff.
If you wait until it’s all perfect, you’ll wait forever. Stressing yourself out about something that you have to do eventually is fruitless, because you eventually have to do it, so why not do it without all the stress?
3. Fail Fast, & Fail Forward
You’re going to fail. That may not sound super motivating, but the reality is that nobody succeeds without failing first. The difference between successful people and people who are still waiting to shoot their shot, is that the successful people have learned from their failure, and those other folks? They’re crippled by theirs.
Don’t be afraid to shoot your shot. It may not go in, but at least you shot it.
4. Follow Your Passions
Don’t wake up a year from now wishing you had started that thing a year ago. Write the book. Start the blog. Found the company. Whatever it is that you’re passionate about, give that your all. Don’t wait for the “one day.” Today is the perfect day to start.
“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” Napoleon Hill
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln
“The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it, is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind, jump in.” Charles Swindoll
“A year from now, you may wish you would have started today.” Karen Lamb
What wall do you need to push through to get your second wind?
What are you putting off until tomorrow that you should be doing today?
How is fear of failure holding you back from shooting your shot?
What are you passionate about, and how can you be giving that your all today?
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