Strike While The Iron Is Hot

Strike While The Iron Is Hot

Once there was a blacksmith and a young man who wanted to become his apprentice. The eager young man watched closely on how the blacksmith worked. When it was time for the young man to do the job, he did perfectly from the beginning until after the iron had been put in the fire and at the point when the iron needed to be struck to attain the desired shape. He tried few times to do it but ended up not being able to shape the iron. He put it again in the fire, and tried it again, but with no luck. The blacksmith came to the frustrated young man and said, “Do you know that you have to strike the iron at the right time to shape it? Once you’re late, you’ll not be able to do it.”

My goal for this week was to write five blog posts. Generally, I get three maybe four posts in each week but it is rare for me to write all five work days. I get busy with my other job (the one that pays), I struggle to find a topic, or just in general – things happen. I was excited last night when I has a moment of inspiration over dinner and clearly saw today’s post. I was even more excited when I remembered to leave myself a note (just the headline) for this mornings writing session.

I am sad to say that last nights inspiration did not carry through to this morning. Today I have struggled to make my words fit the headline.

The lesson I am sharing with you with regard to your goals is that inspiration can be fleeting. In this moment you may be motivated to do so many things. But as you wait for the right time or until you have the money or some other magical moment your momentum is slipping away.

You must strike while the iron is hot.


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The Days of Your Life

Whether you are a cycling fan (as I am) or not, chances are you know Lance Armstrong. He is a cancer survivor and the seven-time winner of the Tour de France. I recently encountered a quote from Lance Armstrong that struck a chord with me. He said “Time is limited, so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have just one chance to live this particular day right, and to string my days together into a life of action, and purpose.”

I have no doubt that there is a special urgency to life for those who have faced death. It must give a complete understanding to just how quickly the time to compete our tasks can run out. I, however, do not wish to stare death in the face before I recognize the important my minutes. I hope you agree.

It is so easy as humans to think we have an unlimited window of opportunity to do the things in life we wish to do. Unfortunately, time waits for no one. I challenge you to recognize your one chance with today. Once you have mastered today’s accomplishments string your days together to create a direct path to your goal.

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I will do it later syndrome

As I sit down to write this, I feel the need to confess; I suffer from ‘I’ll do it later syndrome’.  I have the best of intentions. Yet, invariably I have once again waited until the last minute.

If you are like me, you probably have said to yourself, and possibly to others ‘I work best under pressure’. Just last week a friend said to me ‘I just wouldn’t be happy unless I was right up against the wire.’ These statements are cop-outs! By waiting until the last minute, we have created an environment of failure. Perhaps we are just giving ourselves a built in excuse for failure. I can hear myself now, ‘it wasn’t my best work, but I finished it just in time’ or ‘I didn’t have time to be too creative’.

The reality is, you either play first and pay for it later – or you pay first and can play later. How often have you had to pass on something fun you wanted to do because you had to finish something you should have already completed? It is easy to think there is plenty of time to accomplish your goals later. The reality is – now is all you have.

John Wooden, coaching legend, said that he used to tell his players ‘You have to give 100 percent every day. Whatever you don’t give you can’t make up for tomorrow. If you give only 75 percent today, you can’t give 125 percent tomorrow to make up for it.’  Every time you allow yourself to suffer from “I’ll do it later syndrome’ you have just tried to give 75% today, in hopes of being able to give 125% tomorrow.

What percent will you do today? Choose 100!

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