Why wait?

I’m quoting from a book I read last month, “The War of Art”, by Steven Pressfield, which made a lot of sense to me:

“Have you ever heard this story: Woman learns she has cancer, six months to live. Within days she quits her job, resumes her dream of writing Tex-Mex songs she gave up to raise a family (or starts studying classical Greek, or moves to the inner city and devotes herself to tending babies with AIDS). Woman’s friends think she’s crazy; she herself has never been happier. There’s a postscript. Woman’s cancer goes into remission.”

Does this sound familiar? Why do we have to wait until these type of situations in order to get our lives in order, in order to do what truly moves us and transcend. Why?

Is that what it takes for us to realize we need to take care of our priorities and that our priority number one is the actual pursuit of happiness? I invite you to reflect on this common story, and think about where you are right now and where do you want to be.

Lance Armstrong was detected cancer and the doctor’s told him that he had a 40% survival rate. We would probably not remember much of a cyclist who had cancer, but we remember him because he went into remission based on what he was doing, he was getting ready, the timing was perfect, the news made him tap into the world and commit to doing his mission in life. After recuperating, he went on and won the Tour of France in a record setting fashion (7 times in a row), a record hard to beat.

Not only that, but he started a mass movement. A movement that would be bigger than himself, reaching thousands of people through massive funding to help cancer research. He made sure that people would be proud to wear the LIVESTRONG band.

Now, if Lance Armstrong could recover from cancer in less than two years, move on to win the Tour of France seven years in a row, and help fund millions of dollars for cancer research, what makes us think that we can’t do anything. We have all the legs, hands, heads, knowledge that we need to succeed. We can all chase our dreams, and with the proper dedication dreams can be accomplished sooner. So don’t wait to do what you want to do, don’t wait to be the person you want to be, don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t wait, why wait?

Your comments are always welcome, and I hope you are having a great weekend.

All my best,

Arturo

Twitter: @asanvicente

Email: asanvicente@live.com

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Alejandra says:

    Me encanto Arturo, muy ciertoo ¿why wait?

    1. Muchas gracias Ale! Saludos!

  2. I really liked Arturo,

    If we were going to die we would do thing differently, however we forget that we are all going to die!

    There’s only one way to feel alive and that pursuing our dream.

    Very good post Arturo

    Regards

    Vicente Campos

    1. Thank you Vicente! There is a say out there that I don’t like to use because sometimes it is a little harsh for some people, but it goes like this: “Life is tough, then you die”… Meaning, it isn’t going to get any simpler, so we have to be ready for struggle, but most of all, ready for success, what are we going to do about it? Are we going to sit and cry, or are we going to go after what we want and succeed? In my experience, the times I have been successful feel a whole lot better, so I choose that path. We as human being sometimes postpone things like, I’ll lose the extra pounds starting next Monday, I’ll look for a new job next year, I’ll finally stand up for what I want, and resistance dominates us. When we decide to take over resistance and tell it to go away, that is our way or the highway, resistance goes away, and we succeed. Today is the day.

      Thank you for your comments and I am still looking forward to being in one of your conferences!, I hope you have a great day!

      Arturo

      1. Hope to see you there. This Friday I will be colaborating with Ryder Logistics at Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, if you are nearby I may ask them to bring in a guest.

  3. I’ll tell you what, next time you are in Monterrey for a conference count me in. 😉

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