"One Day" Is Too Late

by Robb Sutton

We have all said this line at one point in time…I know I have multiple times…

One day, I am going to…

Sounds good at the time. You have some day off in the future that you are going to accomplish some task that is going to drastically improve your lifestyle. You would do it now, but there is too much going on so you do not have the time. Just wait though…at that future date you are going to have the time and it is going to be great!

The truth…”one day” is too late. That “one day” time period never actually comes and you are always going to refer to it in a future tense. In all reality, we are always going to be too busy. There are always going to be things that come up unexpectedly and if we keep on waiting until that one day…we will always be waiting.

As business owners, bloggers and general life design connoisseurs…we constantly have a barrage of ideas that slam our craniums on a daily basis. Within the hour, we know whether or not that idea has any promise, and – if it does – we write it down and start planning out future projects. As time rolls on…so does the list and what you are left with is a bunch of great ideas that never saw the first step into completion.

What gets in our way of achieving our goals is laziness and procrastination.Β  The easy route is to generate ideas. The hard journey is making sure those great ideas become reality. How many people over the course of your life have you heard the “one day…” line from? How many of those people actually saw that one day come? My guess…and I am probably right…is that an incredibly small percentage of those people (less than 5%) actually took the first step forward and an even smaller percentage saw the idea all the way through to the end.

That is what separates the successful from the laborers…the ability and determination to see the idea all the way past “one day”. If you are constantly making ideas and projects that will happen “one day” you are already one day too late. Now is the time to start formulating success for the future and if you are waiting for the future – you are going to always be waiting.

Waiting Photo by zIe7e


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Rob November 10, 2009 - 9:08 am

Couldn’t agree more with you Robb. Any big time business person will let you know that the reason they became successful or wealthy is by taking their ideas into action. Anybody can say “one day” but as you said…how many actually will take that “one day” and make it happen “today”

Great post!

Robb Sutton November 10, 2009 - 9:51 am

It’s all about taking those steps!

Elie Kochman November 10, 2009 - 9:32 am

This is what separates the people who succeed form everyone else – while others say “I could do that” or “I could have done that”, the successful people didn’t bother talking about it and just went and did it.

Robb Sutton November 10, 2009 - 9:53 am

It never fails…the people that are talking the most are normally doing the least. I can think of a lot of people I have run into over the past that just couldn’t wait to tell you how great their next idea was…unfortunately for them…all they did was talk.

If you are too busy telling everyone how great you are…you leave no time to actually carry those thoughts out!

Brandon Sutton November 10, 2009 - 12:14 pm

Great post Robb. This really resonates with me, as I’m making some big changes myself, right now. One day is today. I’m planning my next steps in a way I have never fully done before – with intention and purpose, and a clear idea of what I want. Thanks for the reinforcement – it comes at the perfect time. πŸ™‚

Robb Sutton November 10, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Awesome Brandon! Keep at it!

neilster1 November 10, 2009 - 12:28 pm

Your advice is spot on.. great post!

Racha November 10, 2009 - 10:07 pm

Hi Rob,

I totally agree and also like your post. Many people keep dreaming and not taking action then one day they only become a watcher for successful people.


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