Life is all about the people we meet. And as I continue this project, sometimes the person I am introducing you to is me, as I continue to learn and develop.
There is a cost to inaction. Many investors and day-traders understand this, but it seems to be lost in the daily grind. I received a rough reminder of this important truth this week (well, today).
There is a cost to inaction. The cost is missed opportunity. It is easy to see the cost of a missed opportunity when you are dealing with dollars and cents. This cost is a more difficult to see when you are dealing with plans that you did not follow through on or projects that you never completed or thoughts that you never shared or passions that you never pursued.
“If you do what you’re supposed to do in this season, and you do what you’re supposed to do in the next season, and you do what you’re supposed to do in the next season, you automatically and organically accomplish purpose.” – Dr. Dharius Daniels, Pastor of Change Church
And here’s where I reveal a bit of myself: Inaction frustrates me. I can tell when I haven’t been doing what I believe I am supposed to do because I am in a frustrated mood.
Inaction frustrates me because internally I understand that inaction leads to missed opportunities and not walking in my full potential. Yet, I rarely see tangible consequences from my inaction. Today, it was different. Without boring you with the details in cryptocurrency, there was an opportunity that had I seized it in the moment of the opportunity, it would have been a nice win.
My initial reaction was one of frustration with myself, and momentary regret. After a few minutes (and a quick venting/confessional session with my buddy), I determined to use the skills and abilities which put me in the position for the previous opportunity to prepare for the next opportunity, focused to ensure I will not make the same mistake again.
I believe it is beneficial to see a tangible opportunity lost as a real-world lesson of the opportunities we may lose if we do not act. In other words, seeing a missed opportunity can be the kick we need to take action. That said, I will not be needing another one of these lessons again; this one will stick. In fact, I printed a copy of the missed opportunity as a daily reminder to passionately pursue my purpose lest I not experience the full potential of God’s plan for my life.
Often, we have intentions of calling someone, or helping someone, or writing that book, or completing that project. Yet, we put it off, not realizing that we may have missed the opportunity by procrastinating. Someone once said, “the opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.” I believe this wholeheartedly. The problem comes because we cannot always physically see what we are giving up because of our inaction. I say giving up because inaction is a choice, so by not acting, we are giving up the opportunity.
That opportunity may be as simple as making someone smile, improving someone’s day, exposing someone to new ideas, or encouraging someone to pursue their own purpose.
Inaction on intentions lead to missed opportunities. Inaction has a cost.
My mantra for the 2018 is “Focused Action” and “Use Every Arrow”. The first is a reminder to prioritize and stay focused on my purpose and my goals that are aligned with my purpose. The second part is a reminder to use every talent, gift, and ability that I have been blessed with in line with my purpose. Leave no arrow unused.
My challenge to you: Follow through on your plans, complete your projects, share your thoughts, pursue your passions. Walk in your purpose. And do not delay; there is a cost to your inaction.
Happy New Year!
-David A. Brown-Dawson, 5 January 2018