When you go to the store and you select items to buy, you expect to pay for them. And yet, many people select beliefs and thoughts and don’t realize that there is a price for those as well. For instance, when a person says, I’ll do that someday. Instead of setting an actual date, they place it off into an ambiguous future possibility. One person even asked me once, “What if you could tie your someday to it’s price?”
I hear people say (including sometimes me) “Someday I want to get more organized”, “Someday I want to buy a new car”, or “Someday I want to focus on my prospecting”. Well, when we make those statements, do we ever stop to consider the price we pay for “someday” as opposed to “today”?
A dear friend of mine once caught herself saying, “someday” and then corrected herself to say, “No. I’m going to make sure it happens this Sunday.” She actually did that several times over the next 5 weeks. Then she did another activity – volunteering in a camp for kids with cancer. She sent me a message from there about how thrilled she was doing the work. She died in a car accident less than a week later. I am so glad she had stopped that someday habit before she no longer had a today.
I once was coaching an agent that was thinking of putting off prospecting by just 30 days. We did the numbers and discovered it would cost her over $15,000 in income just to delay by 30 days. OUCH! That is an expensive someday.
To stop the “someday” habit, remember these steps:
1) When you catch yourself saying “someday”, do two things A) Set a specific date and B) Take an action (no matter how small or insignificant) to move toward that date and take action NOW.
2) Remember some is better than none. You may not get your full goal, but getting better than where you were is a step forward.
3) You never know when your last day will be. Get rid of your “somedays”, create more “todays”, live like it’s your last day, and you will have a far more enriching life.
Now just make 1 comment here – what is the one “someday” that you will create an action towards today?