Tom Petty thinks this is the case. And we can all agree that he's on to something, at least if those millions of records he sold based on the song with that title are any indication.  

But, I don't think that he's right in every instance, the waiting isn't always the hardest part. We're a society built on waiting and frankly we appear to be pretty good at it. Especially when instant gratification of some sort isn't immediately involved.

Yesterday, you said today- Nike

Yesterday, you said today- Nike

But, I don't think that he's right in every instance, the waiting isn't always the hardest part. We're a society built on waiting and frankly we appear to be pretty good at it. Especially when instant gratification of some sort isn't immediately involved. 

It seems at times that we can wait forever. We've got tons of excuses as to why we're waiting, why we have to wait, and why doing it now just isn't going to work. There's always going to be the urgent things to attend to, that's not what needs to change. What needs to change is how the urgent things seem to always crowd-out the important things. 

No, the waiting isn't the hardest part. The hardest part is paying the price of having waited when it exacts one, and it often does. The hard part will be trying to recover from the waiting, to win the day, to not fall back. 

Please if you're waiting on something, waiting for a new start, waiting for a new beginning, putting off important work of some kind. STOP and get to it NOW. The urgent work screams to be completed. The important work quietly begs for it's chance, often muted out by the volume of the urgent. 

A while back I wrote about practice. What are you practicing? If you leave the spoon from the ice cream on the counter instead of putting it in the dishwasher, you're practicing leaving a mess behind and eventually, given enough practice, you're going to get really good at it. 

If you're practicing putting off what is truly important, then you're practicing building a regime of bad decision making and trying to succeed through last minute maneuvering. The urgent you'll find, doesn't leverage your resources or prepare your life for any major paradigm shifts. 

It's easy to see how that won't pay off in the long run.