Time Prevents Everything from Happening at Once

Written by Larry Fehd, CEO & Founder / HPS

“Time prevents everything from happening at once” – Ray Cummings, 1922. It’s a simple reminder that we can’t nor do we need to do everything at once in life. And, that is wonderful news in the context of life balance. It’s easy to get wrapped up in working toward a goal and then try to convince ourselves that once we achieve it, we’ll be truly happy. The truth is that today is the only moment we have and, as I’ve often said in the past, true wealth is discretionary time.

Words and phrases, which often manifest as habits and beliefs, such as time-bound, time constrained, no time, don’t have enough time, etc. often represent what I term, Immunity to Change. The phenomenon is well researched and remains one of the greatest (untapped) and most innovative methods of leading (and sustaining) change. Yes, you read that correctly, I suggest that immunity to change is a positive when properly diagnosed. Most view it as a negative, but it is quite the opposite and one of the keys to unlocking potential. It applies to virtually every area of our lives (personal and professional) and often prevents us from savoring the moment and achieving our goals.

“Break-Through Inertia and the Status Quo” is the sub-tag on my website: www.hp-strategies.com. It is not intended as a catchphrase. Rather a powerful influence that dramatically impacts employees’, teams’ and organizations’ performance and achievement of their highest potential. Immunity to Change is directly linked to neuroscience and is most often fueled by FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real. The benefits of achieving short-term or long-term goals can often be compromised or even sabotaged by the fear preventing us from believing that we are capable of and then breaking-through inertia and the status quo.

I received a breathtaking photo from a friend last week. It was taken at one of my favorite beaches in Puerto Rico where I have worked extensively over the years. My initial response to the photo was “awe” – the morning sunrise and burst of colors unveiling the beach, aqua Caribbean waters lapping against the shore, palm tree silhouettes, etc. The image prompted emotion and a yearning to be on that beach. My question was then, “Why has it been so long since you have watched a sunrise, waded through the waters and walked the sands of a beach?”

In last weeks’ post, Beliefs Define Limits of Our Lives, I extended an invitation: to “bypass the traditional abyss of New Year Resolutions.” It is not my intention or place to judge whether you have considered the invitation. However, I would put forth the question: if you have not then why not? What is more important than thinking about and planning for what will determine your priorities? What can you do to prevent any remorse from not having made today’s moments – and tomorrows’ and the next days’ – as important as what matters most in your life?

Recent blog posts featured articles on Habits and Rumi’s The Guest House. My article, “Are Habits Influencing Your Emotions”, is the most widely read and popular of all posts year-to-date. I wonder if our common struggles to find a balance between savoring today’s moments – or living in the past or future – is a function of and influenced by Rumi’s wisdom.

“Time is a created thing. To say, ‘I don’t have time’, is like saying, ‘I don’t want to’ -Lao Tzu

In the context of Lao Tzu’s quote, recall my definition of innovation (the application of creativity). So, if “time is a created thing” then we must become more innovative about carving out more for what matters most in our lives.

Tips and Practical Applications:

  • Ask yourself a simple question, why?” Why have you not created more time to savor more moments? Why have you not been more deliberate about breaking through inertia and status quo? Why – in the moment – do you defer to what may seemed more important at that time? What is driving your Immunity to Change?
  • What types of resistance (i.e. Immunity to Change) are you creating that may be conflicting with choosing to allocate more time to pursue what matters most to you? Time cannot be managed and you will always have the same amount of it. The question is how you will choose to allocate it when opportunity knocks.
  • Develop a personal GPS (Global Positioning System). A GPS can serve to guide you when faced with decisions that may be influenced by FEAR. A guidance system will allow you to trust yourself by having carefully thought through and developed your GPS in advance. A GPS can move you well beyond inertia and status quo. Life begins at the edge of our comfort zone.

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Larry Fehd


Larry Fehd is CEO and founded Human Performance Strategies (HPS) in 2000 following a successful career with Johnson & Johnson where he led executive leadership, team and organizational development. He is masterful at helping clients to break through inertia and the status quo.  He conceived the new and proprietary concept of Invitational Leadership™. He envisions the future of leadership as a passage beyond inertia and status quo and works with clients to develop invitational leaders at all levels of the organization.  He consults to a diverse group of U.S. and international clientele, and speaks and writes about, building high-performance leaders, cultures, teams and organizations.

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