Stop Looking, You Already Know What You Need To Do
What if I asked you right now, is there something that you need to do that you’ve been putting off?
It shocks me how often I lie to myself to avoid doing the few key tasks that I know will move me forward. I would spend another 30 minutes creating an even more comprehensive life plan rather than take that action that’s on the top of the list. I would convince myself that doing it now just doesn’t feel right and if I wait until tomorrow, I can start fresh and ready for action. But tomorrow never seems to come.
There’s even a whole book on the subject called “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracey. The worst part is I procrastinated doing my important tasks by reading the book! How silly is that?!
But what I’ve come to realise is that stepping up to the plate and taking a swing is the definition of success. Doing that next important action that can move your life forward is where it all begins. There’s no need to make it any more complicated than that.
So what are you putting off? Is there a phone call you need to make? A payment that needs to go through? A present that you need to buy? A diet that’s waiting to happen?
And why not do it today? Why not do it now? What’s the worst that can happen?
Because once you get started, you always wish you had done it earlier because it was 10x easier to do than you thought. On the flip side, if you keep putting it off, just imagine what detrimental effect it will have on your future.
In finance, there’s a concept called compounding interest and it’s the reason that money consistently saved doesn’t move in a linear line, but a slope. It quickly gains momentum until all of a sudden your small savings turns into a large retirement fund. I like to believe that life has that same concept. Making that next step right now could save you a month of progress and worry down the track. By making that next call, you could find the person of your dreams. By sending in that resume, you could be looking at your dream job. But you’ll never know until you begin.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu
Luckily for me, writing this blog post was the first urgent task on my list. So I’m off now to do the next and keep that momentum and compound interest growing. What are you going to do?
Originally published at www.stevensomething.com.