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Jim's Gems: Don't Waste What You Have

January 9, 2012

All too often we waste a lot of time making judgments or complaining about what we or haven’t got. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s personal or professional. It still doesn’t seem to be enough. Instead, we should put what we have to use because it just might be going to waste.

We need to stop complaining that what we have isn’t enough or that it's not fair we don’t have more. We should just get busy and make the most of what we do have.

Fighting against what already is will only slow us down and distract us from doing our very best. Instead, let’s make good and productive use of what is, whatever it may be, and we'll find many ways to move forward.

If we wait until things are perfect before taking action, that day will never come. If we use what we have, as flawed and imperfect as it may seem, we'll soon be making remarkable improvements.

Let’s not worry about comparing what we have to what others may or may not have. If we stay stuck in low gear we will waste what we have. We just need to focus on what we do have and do the best we can do.

This isn’t difficult and we can begin to bring about some terrific energy. All we have to do is to start from where we are, with what we have, and persistently do what we know we must do.

Focus on what’s important and we’ll find a way to achieve it. There is no limit to where we can go.

Art L. Williams, a former football coach and businessman, said “All you can do is all you can do, but all you can is enough.” Certainly no one can ask for more. But, if we can focus on using what we have, wonderful things will happen. On what are we waiting?
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