Racing Ahead!

Yesterday morning, I was feeling a familiar urge. I wanted to begin the process of writing a book proposal and the details for this were a hundred pages ahead in the book I was reading. I thought, “I can just browse ahead and get to that part NOW”.

I was stopped in my tracks. What was the urgency that was pushing me ahead? Why was I not peaceful to let the experience of this conversation with the author unfold rather than push ahead to get a “fix” for my restlessness?

This question put me into a state of reflection. Wherever I look, I find so many who are rushing here and there. They are on the Internet searching everywhere; getting lost from their original destination by the distraction of its endless possibilities. They are rushing to their jobs; alone in cars with their stress levels rising by the moment. They are impatiently rushing past their family upon arrival from work; looking for the TV Guide for tonight’s best reality program.

Walking around, looking ahead, I seem to be missing out on what is right in front of my eyes. Have I always been this way? I’m not completely sure, but I sense the answer is “for a long time.” This restlessness has been the force behind my drive to excel at creating venture after venture. What is the longing?

I pondered some more and heard that old voice again, “If you don’t move fast you are going to lose out.” What will I lose out on, I wondered? “You will lose out on being first, and you know that those who are successful are always first.”

So being first or at last at the front of the pack is pushing me forward. Its engendering the continuous impatience. I am reminded of the tortoise and hare story. I guess I never really believed that.

This impatience has created problems. I will sometimes act without consideration for the consequences. This leads to starting things that I don’t complete because of the impact in terms of money or other resources, such as time. It can also get me off in the weeds, so to speak. I get involved in things that aren’t in my “best interest”.

What can I do? Take a breath when I hear that old voice urging me “to skip to the end of the book.”  Implement the 24-hour rule – don’t act on anything important sooner than 24 hours after I think it’s a good idea. Finally, remember that having a few extraordinary experiences is far more valuable that a lot of ordinary ones.

Until later,


Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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