“When I hear someone say, ‘I’m going to start after Christmas’ or ‘next month’ or ‘on Tuesday,’ I think, ‘Like hell you are.” (1)
That bold and bawdy statement by millionaire Michael Masterson contains a truth I’ve learned the past 17 years. Since 1988, thousands of people have told me they intend to implement Activity Based Management next month, next quarter or later this year. Only ten percent said “Let’s improve my cost management system now!”
When it comes to change… every person and organization can benefit from a positive change… a sure sign of failure is procrastination. People who want to create a real, permanent and positive change in their personal or professional lives want to start now.
Even Jesus desired delay. A memorable scene from Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ is Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. “Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (2)
What Jesus wanted at this moment was not in line with what his Father wanted. “The Gethsemane Mindset”, according to author Vernon Grounds, “is the attitude of trustful self-surrender demonstrated by Jesus as He prayed to the Father.”(3) In the garden, Jesus relinquished a desire to defer – a human desire – and instead took action to fulfill His purpose – God’s desire.
When you or I make a decision to do something “right now”, we’ve successfully taken control of the situation. If we say “later”, we’ve lost control. Adopt the Gethsemane Mindset:
During the week leading up to Easter, Christians are excited about Good Friday, what Jesus accomplished on the cross, and the celebration of His resurrection. But none of those events would have taken place without the Gethsemane Mindset of “I will do what needs to be done now”. Is there something you need to do now, not later? Decide, don’t defer. That’s the right mindset.
(1) “Automatic Wealth: the 6 steps to Financial Independence, Michael Masterson, John Wiley & Sons, 2005 (2) Mathew 26:39, NIV Bible (3) Radical Commitment, Vernon Grounds, Multnomah Press, 1984