Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

October 5, 2011

Jennifer Wallace
Tax Staff

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” – Earl Nightingale
One thing we can never get back is time. I think that is why this quote is so powerful to me in that it can be applied to so many things in my life. There have been times I have basically given up on reaching a goal because it was going to take too long; I just didn’t feel like putting in the time or effort. But then in July, when I look back on that New Year’s resolution to lose that 25 pounds or pay off that bill, I have often thought, “Man, if I’d have just stuck it out for six more months, what kind of progress could I have made?” And then I beat myself up about it.

Consider again the quote above. It’s not talking about conquering the world in a day; it’s saying that one small change each day, over time, can result in reaching your goals. Maybe not in a week’s time, but consider how one small change would add up in a month’s or in a year’s time. And why not? The time will pass regardless.

Cutting 500 calories out of your regular diet each day will result in losing one pound in a week’s time. One pound, so what? Well, stick it out for six months and…”bye-bye” 25 pounds. Regarding paying off that bill; rather than going out to eat several nights a week (if that’s your routine), pick up something on sale and grill out at home. Take that extra money you would have spent on that overpriced food and stick it back. If you would have spent the money anyway, you shouldn’t miss it…and over time you will have enough money to pay off that pesky bill that drives you crazy!

I have come to realize that I can’t reach any of my long-term goals in just one day. What is that other famous quote, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? But one day at a time, I can make choices, sometimes even choices that don’t seem to matter, that will result in a happier me in the long run. So, whether it be work or peronal related, here’s to reaching our goals!