As I prepared for this blog, the subject felt all too familiar. The words I began to type seemed to be a replay of something that I have either written or spoke about before. So I looked through my little notebooks, speech history, and blogs and sure enough---there it was---a blog I titled Tired of Waiting (revisit that one later).
Well, here’s a little more on the subject of waiting:
To wait is to remain stationary in readiness or expectation; to delay in hope of a favorable change; or to hold back expectantly (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary). During further research of the subject of waiting, I also realized that there are two types of waiting.
Waiting is a verb that can be transitive or intransitive. A transitive verb is a verb with a direct object (purpose, aim, or goal). An intransitive verb is a verb with no direct object (purpose, aim, or goal). So, to wait transitively is to wait with a purpose…to stay in place because something is expected to happen. To wait intransitively is to wait with no clear purpose in mind…to do nothing expecting for something to happen. I know this may sound like a lecture, but I need to you to understand the difference.
I am waiting for my business to grow because I have spent time in marketing development and have prepared a campaign designed specifically to attract new clients.
I am waiting on my business to grow because it has been my life-long dream to own a business; and it has to work out for me.
I am waiting for the right time to start my business.
I am waiting until I have a clear vision that I can translate into a business plan before I launch my new business.
Ralph Waldo Emerson asked the question---how much of human life is lost in waiting.
If you are in waiting…waiting to begin something new or complete something old…ask yourself this question:
Am I waiting with a purpose?