Â Or, [tag]what I learned from John Wayne[/tag].Â Inspired by Middle Zone Musings.
Often we refer to someone who can’ t seem to get going on a new project, career or opportunity as unwilling to [tag]pull the trigger[/tag]. Basically, it communicates someone who likes to dream and wish.. but isn’t willing to actually do it.
In the movie [tag]The Shootist[/tag], [tag]John Wayne[/tag] plays an aged gunfighter, John Books, who is eaten up with cancer. The movie is all the more poignant because while he was filming this movie, Wayne himself was eaten up with cancer.
My favorite scene in the movie comes when the young boy, an aspiring gunfighter himself, remarks about how fast a draw Books must have been when he was younger. Wayne looks at the boy and tells him,
â€œItâ€™s not always being fast or even accurate that counts, itâ€™s being willing. I found out early that most men, regardless of cause or need, arenâ€™t willing. They blink an eye or draw a breath before they pull the triggerâ€“and I wonâ€™t.â€
Here are three things to consider if you feel that you are being hesitant and unwilling to pull the trigger.
1. Consider what could happen. And, then consider what would the worst thing be. If the worst is tolerable, go. If the worst is unrecoverable, don’t.
2. If you don’t do it, how old will you be? This may sound silly but I have often thought of this way…if I don’t do it, I will still be one year older a year from now. So, I may as well go for it.
3. On your deathbed, is this one of those things you will be thinking…”I wish I had done XYZ back in 2007.” If the answer is yes, go for it.