To act is difficult.
When things get difficult, you can think about doing things yet actually doing them, is hard.
Some days you’ll try.
Some days you’ll do.
Some days you’ll hide.
Some days you’ll feel so crappy you stay in bed.
Some days you’ll feel like quitting.
What happens when those days come? (they will come)
“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von GoetheClick To Tweet
“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
You may intend to do things but somehow tomorrow arrives.
Tomorrow arrives and you’re behind.
Do you catch up or do you soak in the disappointment?
You soak in the disappointment and still don’t do the things you must.
It’s difficult, isn’t it?
When these days come, is there anything you can do to fight the feelings or the “stay in bed” attitude?
You may not get through your entire to-do list but you can do something.
Yesterday was one of those days for me.
I started out well. I woke up at 5 am, I exercised, I started working, and…
Someone needed me so my schedule was interrupted.
When I stopped to take care of someone, I intended to get back to work, to write this blog post, to write my letter for the day, to [insert task here].
This is my problem and it’s your problem and the problem of 20% of Americans who are chronic procrastinators. (Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D.)Are you part of the 20% of Americans who are chronic #procrastinators?Click To Tweet
An article on the Harrison Barnes career blog states:
…the only thing separating the people with the most important and meaningful lives from those who have average lives or fail is that the latter don’t finish what they start. (source)
Remember my theory of Inspired Action?
You do what needs to be done, even though you don’t see the ‘why’ or feel the ‘inspiration’, even if you just don’t feel like it.
Yesterday, tested this theory. Once I was interrupted, it was difficult to restart. In this instance, I didn’t need motivation or inspiration to do what needed to be done, I needed discipline. The discipline to do what needed to be done even though my mind and body said no.
One of the reasons I stick with exercising is the daily discipline is training me. It’s training me to do something I don’t particularly like every day. The goal is to turn this habit into a routine. If I can break through the barrier I’ve placed for myself [continuing a task to completion or in this case simply continuing a task] I can help others who struggle.
So, your day, your routine, your plans were interrupted. You skipped a day. You didn’t finish what you started.
Now, it’s your choice…
Do you continue where you left off or do you give up?
Just like I’m writing this blog, writing the daily letter I missed yesterday and everything else I intended to do but didn’t. Just do it.
Don’t dwell on yesterday.
Today is a new day.
The slate has been wiped clean.
You get to start over. Actually, you don’t have to wait until tomorrow. If you’re reading this, do something right now that you’ve put off “for later”. Later never comes, does it?
Now is all you have. Later isn’t guaranteed. Don’t put it off any longer.
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