Let's be honest. You and I do this all the time. We get overtaken by the 'moment.'

We start out in life -- even our days -- with a plan. And then 'life happens,' and all our plans seem to fly right out the window.  That’s what I mean when I say that the urgent often crowds out the important.  The important is planned, and then the urgent just seems to overtake us.  

This may be okay when it happens for a moment, or maybe even for a day or a week. But when it becomes a habit to live in the moment of the urgent, you will find that you are alive, but you are not living.  

You will find that you are constantly moving, but you may not be making progress.

You will find that you may feel like you are winning the battle, but I guarantee, you are losing the war.


Don’t think this is you?  How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution, only to find that within a week or a month, you cannot even recall where you placed your resolutions, after dutifully writing them down?  Now you don't have to feel bad alone here. I have done this same thing myself.  And the reason is simple. Fear overwhelms us.  

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John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures, an Inc. Magazine/800-CEO-READ bestselling business author ofLOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass)His newest bestselling book is How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Berrett Koehler Publishing).

Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index with the Gallup Organization, and co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics in the world who is also of African-American descent.

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