“Quotes in Action” – Day 20

"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." ~ Leonard Bernstein

Why is it that some people seem to get a lot done while others struggle? Today’s quote, from famed conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, offers an answer. Bernstein said, “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.”

Simple, but powerful. Some people make detailed, wonderful plans, but then assign themselves no timeframe in which to accomplish them. They plan and plan but fail to act. Others jump into ventures quickly and willingly, but without any specific idea for how to proceed. Often this leads to frustration, mistakes, and eventually giving up.

Do you want to achieve something? How are you measuring up against these two criteria? Today’s challenge is to identify a venture that could benefit from a solid plan, a deadline, or perhaps both. If you need help with either one, seek out assistance. Friends, family members, colleagues, pastors, therapists, and a variety of professionals might be able to give you the expertise and/or accountability that you need to succeed.

Can you think of an aspect of your life that would benefit from a better plan or a shorter deadline?

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