“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not on this earth for eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.” Marie Beynon Ray
There was big snow and ice here in the South this week, and so this quote seemed extra appropriate. Don’t wait to get started on something, just get started. You’ll never be ready enough if you only focus on the preparation. Preparation is indeed important, going on a big trek, yep you want all your gear to be collected and in working order. And no of course you don’t want to randomly do stuff, you might be busy, but probably not productive. All that said, preparation can be an easy place to hide. If there is something important, something that feels a tad bigger than comfortable, something new on your horizon that you are resisting getting started on, it is time to get moving. Rip off the metaphorical band-aid, peeling it back slowly hurts more in the long run.
So here’s my challenge to you, break open the calendar, think about your big thing, pick a day in the next 5 to set aside a good amount of time to focus on the big thing. Got it. Good, now actually make the notation in your calendar.
- Need to start making good on your resolution to exercise regularly? Ok, hold 1.5 hours in your calendar to get to the gym, work out and get home.
- Need to do some writing started? Say set said 2-3 hours and get yourself to place where you won’t be distracted. Make the time you set aside as important as your meeting with the boss, or the kids basketball game or worship services.
You get the idea. Need some extra help, tell someone (with your best interests at heart) about your intention and ask them to follow-up with you. Just knowing that someone is going to ask can be the extra boost you need to get moving.
I am off to get started on a writing project, that has been put off a tad too long.