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What Are You Waiting For?

by David DeFord

One Saturday morning, as Kathy and I rode our bicycles with our bike club, Kathy suggested that we plan to ride a 100-mile ride in the future. Cyclists call this a century ride.

The day was beautiful as we rode together and considered the task. I had ridden that distance one other time, but Kathy had not.

After a few minutes of pedaling, I asked her, “Why not today?”

She replied something about how typical of me to suggest such a thing. But that evening we rode into our driveway having pedaled about 104 miles. Mission accomplished.

Many times we want to accomplish something but wait to get started. We wait for better weather, better tax climates, better interest rates, and on and on.

When we dream of some distant accomplishment, we should consider timing. Often we delay action until it is too late. We miss our windows of opportunity by needlessly waiting to get started.

We must evaluate our reasons for delay and decide if they are really valid.

If not, what are you waiting for? Get started.

Want to write a book, start a business, return to school, run a marathon, ride your bicycle across the country, start a family, or investigate a different faith? Get started. If you don’t, you may miss your opportunity.

What are you waiting for?

You may not be able to quit your job and start a new business right now, but you can prepare yourself by reading about your new industry, going to classes, or preparing your finances.

Taking active steps in the direction of your dreams will help you prepare to jump at the opportunity when it arises.

Begin taking active steps now. What are you waiting for?

Make a plan. Develop intensity for the project. Grow into the task.

What are you waiting for?

Kathy and I are now century riders. We thought of what we wanted to do and we got started right away. You can too.

What are you waiting for?


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau

You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things— to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. Sir Edmund Hillary

Success doesn't come to you…you go to it. Marva Collins

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Benjamin Disraeli

Enthusiasm is the highest paid quality on earth. Frank Bettger

The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: I did not have time. Franklin Field

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