Planting for the Future

This is a short post with a big theme.

I once read that “the best time to plant an oak tree was 20 years ago and the second best time is today”. The oak planting analogy is an apt one in relation to important projects which you know you ought to be doing but you aren’t doing at the moment.

It is so easy to procrastinate especially with important things we know we should be doing. We make excuses to delay doing such things because though they are priorities; they are not simply urgent enough. We allow the tyranny of urgency to take our focus off the importance of priorities.

Imagine, if you had started certain projects in the past instead of procrastinating doing them. What impact would doing these projects have had on your life now? I presume it would have been positive. Instead, you allowed urgent but unimportant things to distract you from taking action. You allowed self-doubt and fear to hold you back. You listened to the naysayers in your life who told you that it was impossible.

What are the important things and projects that you know that you have procrastinated doing which you need to kick-start today? It is best to plant those oak trees today to avoid having further regrets in the future.

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