A Journey of a Thousand Miles

You can't build a reputation on what you are "going" to do.

Henry Ford

Everyone procrastinates in their own way. For some, procrastination results from the belief that there is always one more bit of information that will really make the caseŻor, conversely, really undo the case. They resist taking action for fear that they've missed something vital. They become paralyzed by data gathering, reporting and endless analysis.

On the other hand, there are the visionaries. They dream grand dreams and put shape to what had been unformed potential. But this is exciting work and the mundane bricks and mortar of bringing dreams to reality lacks the same zest. They procrastinate because the next dream is so alluring that they simply don't want to stop until they've captured the whole thing.

Of course, stalling for facts or for dreams brings the same result-nothing. We can't begin to imagine what the world would look like if all the good ideas people have had were brought to fruition instead of being thought about, talked over, analyzed or just generally kicked around.

Don't succumb. Build your reputation around what you've done not what you'd like to do.

George Ebert is the President of Trinity River Seminars and Consulting, a firm specializing in the custom design and delivery of team building, personal growth and ethical development programs. Mr. Ebert is a highly sought after speaker, educator and consultant with over thirty years experience in both the public and private sectors. He has presented widely throughout the Unites States. He is the author of the management cult classic, Climbing From the Fifth Station: A guide to building teams that work!

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