What Will It Take?

by David Wright

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
then they seem improbable,
and then
when we Summon the Will,
they soon become inevitable.”

– Christopher Reeve

For any endeavor we launch, or goal we wish to accomplish, the quest begins with the question, “What will it take?”  If you Google the phrase “what will it take” you will find thousands of documents projecting what must take place to make things happen.

I have spent a lot of time throughout my life answering that question personally and professionally.  When working with clients there are six questions we normally ask to answer that one question.  Those questions are: Why?, Who?, What?, Where?, When? and How?  Yet, there is only one key element that really matters.  It is the foundation stone that makes the seemingly impossible become inevitable.  And that is where our journey to an exceptional life begins.

As a young boy one of my interests was space travel.  Technology was giving us the ability to actually do the things I read about in science fiction novels. Living in Florida at the time I heard about the space race repeatedly.  When there was a launch from Cape Canaveral, later named Cape Kennedy, class was dismissed so we could go onto the playground and watch the rocket climb into the heavens.  Watching those launches always inspired me to believe that anything was possible.

Space age technology brought about innovation that impacted, and continues to impact, every area of life.  So how did we get there?  What were the events that came together to inspire us to achieve these lofty goals?  The following story gives us some insight.

President John Kennedy had challenged our scientific community to put a man on the moon within ten years.  While talking with Werner Von Braun, one of the lead scientists on the project, President Kennedy asked him what he thought it would take to accomplish this goal.  Dr. Von Braun could have discussed all the scientific discoveries that would need to take place.  He could have detailed for the President the enormous amount of money that would have to be invested.  Instead this brilliant man’s answer to President Kennedy was simple – and true.  All it would take, he said, was “the will to do it.”  How right he was.

The will to do it – the one key element that really matters.  For all of our ideas and plans it is the determination to see it through that makes the difference.  What are you “willing to do?”

Buried Treasure – Free Download

Urgency, a force we feel, but cannot see, surrounds us at home, at work and at play.  Like a trusted friend, Urgency calls us to action.  When we respond, our friend becomes our partner as evidenced in the phrase, “act with Urgency.”

Urgency’s nickname is ASAP.  Unfortunately, not everyone likes ASAP.  So, they taunt Urgency with their own nickname, WIGART, which is short for “When I get a round tuit.”   I guess they confuse Urgency with their fair-weather friend, Procrastination.  The truth is, we would all be more productive if we spent more time hanging with ASAP, our true friend, and stopped seeing WIGART altogether.

“You don’t have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like.
But we cannot wait until tomorrow.
Tomorrow is now.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing,
the next best thing
is the wrong thing
and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

“There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long-range risks
of comfortable inaction.”
– John F. Kennedy

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank

“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail
than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.”
– Robert Schuller

 “A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last.
Both do the same thing;
only at different times.”
– Baltasar Gracian

“He who hesitates is poor.”
– Mel Brooks

“You are younger today than you will ever be again.
Make use of it
for the sake of tomorrow.”
– Norman Cousins

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
– Henry Ford

“The day will happen whether or not you get up.”
– John Ciardi

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb

Think of urgency this way.  If you believed there was buried treasure in your backyard, how much time would pass before you started digging?  What treasures are buried in your backyard?  Why not just grab a shovel and find out?  Is there really any good reasons to wait?

Daily Quotes 8/29

Some of the quotes I’ve selected recently have been quite long.  Length was not the objective. The message simply resonated with me. To make it up to those who like pithy phrases, this post is for you. Each phrase is meaningful and short ( ten words or less thanks in part to contractions and hyphenated words) making it highly quotable.   Try memorizing one or two of these. Then, see what happens when you cleverly slip one into your conversation, especially if it’s one of the Latin phrases.   😉

“Semper fidelis” — U.S. Marine Corp motto meaning “Always Faithful”

“Be prepared.” — Boy Scouts motto

“Jesus wept.” — Bible, John 11:35, shortest verse in the Bible

“Inches make champions.”
–- Vince Lombardi

“Underpromise and overachieve.” -– Tom Peters

“Never give up.” — Winston Churchill

“Action conquers fear.” — Pete Zarlenga

“Facta, non verba” — Deeds, not words

“Fear clogs; faith liberates.”
— Elbert Hubbard

“Facts are stubborn things.” — Ronald Reagan

“Lead from the front.” — Audie Murphy

“Gloria in excelsis Deo” — Phrase in Christian hymn meaning “Glory to God in the Highest”

“What gets measured gets done.”
-– Peter Drucker

“Your attitude determines your altitude!” –- Denis Waitley

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” — Milton Berle

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
— Colin Powell

“Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.” — Kahlil Gibran

“For fast-acting relief try slowing down.” — Lily Tomlin

“You may delay, but time will not.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“Do something wonderful; people may imitate it.” — Albert Schweitzer

“One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.” — George Carlin

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
— Victor Borge

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” — John F. Kennedy

“On the one hand, we’ll never experience childbirth.” — Bruce Willis (On the difference between men and women)

“On the other hand, you have different fingers.” — Steven Wright

“‘No’ puts distance between you and the wrong influence.”
— Jim Rohn

“Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.” — Ayn Rand

“There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.” — Mark Twain

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”
— Charles F. Kettering

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.” — Groucho Marx

God bless,

— CC