You’ve decided to make some changes in your life. You know the direction in which you want to go, have ordered, purchased or amassed the necessary accoutrements to facilitate the change, but for some reason, of which you are not entirely unaware, nothing changes. Life gets in the way. Laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, shopping, naps, bills, family, friends, etc. Other excuses, reasons, and rationalizations abound. Yesterday, the things that you put off till tomorrow have arrived today and still no progress has been made. What will you do? What will you do?
I have a few suggestions:
One. Put aside some time for yourself each day to work on taking the next step in making the change. Start with just 20 to 30 minutes every day and focus on that you need to do. Then do it.
Two. Change your attitude. You are in charge of it.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes”. ~ CHARLES SWINDOLL
Three. Cultivate “will power.” Whatever distractions come up, either deal with them and get back to working on your goal ASAP, or ignore the distraction (depending on its severity).
Four. Resist complacency. “Life’s alright and I ain’t gonna fight it today’” is a line in a song I haven’t quite finished yet. Possibly because when I start to work on it, my attitude changes and that line leads me to want to take a nap’
Five. Perseverance…or…if you don’t quit, you won’t fail. This one is pretty self-explanatory.
Personally I have a marked propensity for procrastination and sloth. I’m gradually getting better at controlling both, and still have work to do in some areas, but I’m making progress.
One more thought. “The longest journey begins with but a single step.” Take it. Get it done and move on to the next step. Get off your b…b….b…well you know what I mean…..
Namaste, Ram Dassnt
P.S. Buttons with the words “Resist Complacency” will soon be available from the Human Potential Center.
P.S.S.T….This weekend at the Human Potential Center, Bob is giving a workshop on getting unstuck. Hope to see you there.