I acknowledge this favorite Cliff Richard song on mine on you tube.

The twelfth principle of Thomas Leonard is: Eliminate delay.

From childhood, our elders bring us up with lessons in punctuality and fulfilling our promises. Yet, in adulthood, we hesitate many a time to stand by our commitments. Sometimes we hesitate out of greed, sometimes out of fear and often out of sheer laziness.

When someone asks us why we haven’t done what we promised, we say that we tried, but we didn’t succeed. It could be that we never even lifted a finger in attempting to do what we promised, but this excuse seems to work most of the times and so we continue. People seem happy with the intent and the implied apology that the failure to fulfill what we promised was outside our control.

Trying is never good enough. Trying does not get things done. Action gets things done.

Eastern wisdom, whether Zen or Tao, says that the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. We must take that single step to begin any journey. We must wet our toes before we can cross a river. Otherwise, we would be standing on the shoreline for ever trying to cross.

Trying is not commitment, Trying is not action. It is a delaying tactic. It is an excuse.

Delay is the first enemy of time management. Time management gurus say that we must do what is important and urgent immediately with no delay. I agree.

They then say that we should delegate what is urgent but not important to others. I disagree. If something is not important why do it at all. If it is not important to you, it cannot be urgent to you, however urgent it may be to someone else. Why delegate and waste someone else’s time.

A coach’s role is to maximize the value of his or her own time and that of the client. Respect for the client and client’s time demands that there is no delay and that we act upon only what is truly important.