Don’t Let Stuff Get in the Way
Have you ever started something you really wanted to accomplish, but didn’t complete the task? Maybe you wanted to go back to school, learn a new skill, clean your room, clean your car, clean out your closet, travel abroad, hire an assistant, or write a book? What stopped you from doing what you said you wanted to do? If you are like me, at some time or another, you have allowed “stuff” to get in the way of you doing what you said was most important to you.
Choosing to do what is least important, in the moment, may seem like the best decision at the time, but it rarely is. It’s merely the easiest. Each time you take a detour, each time you allow something to steer you away from what you say and know is most important to you, you pay a price—knowingly or unknowingly. And over time, the price you pay gets higher.
Your reasons for not fulfilling your commitments are always valid, or at least you think they are. Emergencies and other peoples’ urgencies, unforeseeable conflicts, lack of money, insufficient information, limited time, no childcare, and a variety of health issues can all get in the way of you fulfilling your commitments. While they may be valid reasons, they are, nonetheless, just excuses. Every time you don’t keep an agreement to yourself, YOU, your relationships, and your self-esteem all suffer. It’s hard to like yourself when you constantly break commitments. It speaks to lack of integrity.
Eventually, for us to succeed at whatever we want to do in life, we simply must get started doing those things that lead to our success, regardless of the distractions that get in our way. We must be willing to take action despite how we feel. It’s the very act of doing something that relieves us of the pain of feeling like someone who can’t be counted on. Taking an action, regardless of how small, is the key.
Ask yourself today. What stuff gets in your way? What distractions keep pulling your attention away from the things you say are most important to you? Having the courage to write them on paper makes them real and takes away some of their power. List all the things you use to procrastinate. Getting that stuff out of you and onto the paper is a first step in moving closer to begin where you want to be in life.
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