"Someday" is Not a Day of the Week

This is my new favorite quote. I read it in a VERY brief article, one of the many that cross my desk every day, and knew I wanted to tackle the subject. First stop? Google, of course.

Little did I know what I’d find as I was trying to attribute this thought to it’s original owner. (By the way, it’s an American author by the name of Janet Dailey.)

Did you know there’s a children’s book with that title? Look for Yourself

It’s the story of a young beaver, Max, and his quest to spend some quality time with his family. Max searches for “Someday” on his calendar and realizes if it did exist it would probably be the busiest day of the week, because it’s the one he hears of most often when he asks his parents when they’ll be able to do things together.

If you have a youngster in your life, you probably know the value of the word “Someday.” It’s a default word for anyone who deals with children, as in …

Child: “When can I see a real dolphin?”

Adult: “Someday.”

Child: “When is my friend, Haley, coming back?”

Adult: “Someday.”

Child: “Can we go to meet Mickey Mouse soon?”

Adult: “Someday.”

Someday” is a VERY useful term in those conversations, isn’t it?

How often do you say to yourself, “Someday?”

I’ll lose those last ten pounds “Someday.”

I’ll take the family to Disney World “Someday.”

I’ll clean out the garage “Someday.”

Is it any wonder Max figured “Someday” had to be the busiest day of the week? Actually, it’s more like the busiest day of your life. If you’ve got a lot riding on “Someday,” is it time to do something about it?

If so, grab your favorite method of capturing data and make a list of all of the things in your life you’ve relegated to “Someday.” Then prioritize them.

Confused or ambivalent about which comes first? Try a sports bracket shoot-out. If you have a list of 10 things, look at only 2 of them. Of those 2, which one trumps. Then choose two more, and so on until you’ve whittled your list down to 5 items. Start again bottom to top.

Now that you have your priority, what three things can you do TODAY that will bring “Someday” a little closer to reality?

Better hurry up … “Someday” will be here before you know it.

What’s on your “Someday” list?

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