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 remember whenever I wanted to go for a run and a storm seemed impending, an excuse always served up, “It is going to rain, I’ll just have my run tomorrow.” Yes, come tomorrow, I would make up another excuse if I wasn’t in the mood for a run that day. Procrastination is human nature. No? Even Issac Newton proved to us in science that procrastination is human nature in his first law about inertia – the reluctant to start moving when one is standing still.
Before you start using Newton’s first law as an excuse, be informed that the same law also states that when one is in motion, the power of motion will keep one going; meaning once we overcome that procrastination, we will keep going. I am glad to say that most of the time I changed and got out of the house for a 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 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 continue taking the second, the third, then the fourth, the fifth, the sixth and so on until the motivation kicks in from within.
For me, whenever I didn’t have the mood to run and excuses lingered in my head, I would first acknowledge all the excuses but I would think of all the pros from the run, and how I always felt so great after the run. Then I would just change into my running attire, grab the house key, open the door, put on my music list, take the stairs leading to the running track, and start running. Then I’ll just enjoy the journey along the run. Trust me, it always felt fantastic after the run especially when you have sweat it out!
Do you have something that you shall be doing now but are putting off till it is nearer to the deadline? Before you put 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.“