I couldn’t have said it better than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe when he said, “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
I remembered the time whenever I wanted to go for my run and a storm seemed impending, an excuse always served up, “It is going to rain, I’ll have my run tomorrow.” Yes, tomorrow, I would make up another excuse if I wasn’t in the mood for a run that day. Procrastination is human nature. No? Newtown’s first law about inertia – the reluctant to start moving when one is standing still.
But behold, that same law also states that when one is in motion, the power of motion will keep one going. I am glad to say that most of the time I just changed and got out of the house for that run and almost 90% of the time it didn’t rain during my run. Most of the time we look outward for the motivation to start on something that doesn’t seem exciting or fun, when we really should be looking inward.
That motivation to start has always been within us – it is as simple as lifting one of your feet and taking that first step. Well, almost that simple! After taking that first step, we have to focus on taking the second, the third, then the fourth, the fifth, the sixth and so on until the motivation kicks in by itself.
For me, whenever I didn’t have the mood to run and excuses lingering in my head, first I acknowledged all the excuses and thought of all the goodness from the run and how I felt so great after the run always. Then I would just focus, changed into my running attire, grabbed the house key, opened the door, music on, took the stairs to the running track, start running, and enjoyed the journey along the run. Trust me, it always felt fantastic after the run to have sweated it all out!
Do you have something that you shall be doing now but putting it off till it is nearer to the deadline? Before you put it off to another day, I’ll leave you with the words of Charles Dickens, “My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.“
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