Hesitation – Use In Moderation

Hesitation can be a useful tool.  We can use a pregnant pause in speeches for effect.  We can take a moment after the light turns green to make sure the intersection is clear.  We can stop to think before taking an action that can have major consequences.  These uses of hesitation are all good.  But hesitation can also be a killer of dreams.  Because hesitation can lead to procrastination, which can lead to non-starting.

Some times in life we are presented with an opportunity.  This opportunity may carry with it the potential for major impact, and we may not be sure whether it is more positive or negative.  In this case, it is important to take a moment to digest it and determine what the right course of action may be.  It may be a job offer that requires switching companies or states.  It may be an investment or travel opportunity.  In any case, all opportunities come with the same important caveat.  {pregnant pause for effect}  An expiration date.

I want to encourage you to take a moment when considering any opportunity to think and consider the cost.  But I also urge you, do not let an opportunity pass before making a decision.  Reflecting back on my life I can identify several opportunities that came my way where I sat on it for too long.  For sure there were many that I am glad I did not move on.  But there are others that when I finally decided – yes, I want to take that opportunity, I found that the opportunity had already passed.  Other opportunities may come our way, but the same ones rarely circle back.  

Mark Twain said, “I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.” 

Let’s not let our opportunities expire without action.