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waiting for the light

What Are You Waiting For?

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If you could make whatever it is you’re waiting for “explicit”, would it help you breakthrough and get a move on?

The other day I was lunching with a friend and said “I just don’t have the bandwidth to deal with that right now.” And she asked: What’s keeping you from having the bandwidth?  (What are good friends for if not to call you on your excuses???) And, you know, I actually had some pretty valid answers.  Even so, having said them out loud I realized that I did have the bandwidth to deal with each of the individual circumstances that stood in my way as long as I took them one at a time.  Breakthough!

There’s nothing secret about it. Everyone knows that I am waiting for my real parents, the king and queen, to come restore me to my rightful throne.

— Meg Cabot

Seriously folks – have you ever felt like “the time just isn’t right yet” for making a change?  I have, many times over.  And eventually I got to a point where I knew: the time is now.  And I knew why – some certain circumstances had changed in some certain ways… let me explain with a few examples.

Buying This Home

Before we moved to where I live now, we’d actively searched out and bid on any number of homes… each bid was rejected for one reason or another.  And apparently we weren’t so committed to moving that we were willing to submit a bid that wouldn’t be rejected.  Then one day we decided.  We bid on my current home and won, sold the previous one and moved.  In only six weeks.  At Christmas time no less.  What made the difference?  Looking back, I see several things: we really loved this place; our income had increased; my commute had become unbearable; the housing market was hot.  All those circumstances conspired to make it finally, “the right time”.

Going Into Business for Myself

When, after years of wanting to be an outside consultant I finally made the leap, it was because several circumstances came together: our kids were finished with college so if I failed it was only my husband and I who would have to regroup our goals; the company where I worked was downsizing and my job wasn’t in the next year’s budget; the jobs they offered me didn’t have any appeal compared to the consulting position I wanted to create; and, best of all, the corporate headquarters indicated that if I were to be available as an outside consultant, they would be very happy to contract with me for future services!  The interesting thing is, until it all came together, I really didn’t know what I was waiting for.  But, when the time was right, I knew.

Choosing to Do Radical Cancer Surgery

More than eight years ago I was told I had breast cancer and needed to have a mastectomy.  I decided to go forward after only a few questions… why was it so easy to say yes to such a radical surgery?  Because I’d wrestled the same question to the ground five years before; and after much study and debate I had decided that if the doctors could show me that surgery was the best option, I’d go ahead.  But back then it turned out that a lumpectomy was the best choice.  It took me weeks the first time round; minutes the next – why?  Because the second time around I quickly knew that surgery was the best option.

What’s Keeping Us Waiting

Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.

— Paulo Coelho

Besides waiting until after we’ve done it, or having a good friend who will hold our feet to the fire, how do we make what we’re waiting for “explicit” so we can move forward instead of just waiting around for the right circumstances to show up?  How do we get those circumstances out in the open so we can decide to do something about them?  Or so we can decide to put something on the back burner for now and instead do stuff that we are ready to do?

It took us ten years before we found the technology that would allow [Disney’s Space Mountain] ride. And during these ten years, I had a model that I kept, waiting for the technology we needed.

— John Hench

Do we have to wait that long?  Nah.

Speak Your Fears

Just start voicing some of your fears and pretty soon you’ll know what’s holding you back.  Then you can start whacking away at the things that seem to stand in your way.  Eventually you’ll have a clear field and then, watch out world, here we come!

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

— Bradley Whitford

And if we could make what we’re waiting for explicit, would it help us move forward sooner?  Or would we then be chasing circumstances instead of destiny?

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