Just Do IT – get started today

We all have this list of things we have been putting off for a long time. It is on our mental to do list and from time to time, we think about it but that is about all we do. It can be something major like cleaning out a drawer to something major like having the talk with our parents about the fact they are aging. A lot of this will depend on what stage of life you are in but the steps are basically the same.

Maybe these thoughts just flit through your mind, maybe you even make a list of them and maybe they wake you up in the middle of the night thinking about them….like at 2 p.m. and keep you awake until you do something.

There are many reasons (excuses) you may be avoiding doing these things. I have thought a lot about this and these are my biggest ones:

  1. Fear of failure
  2. Fear of response
  3. No time
  4. Laziness
  5. Don’t know where to start

 

Below are a few steps that MIGHT make it easier for you:

  1. Stop and think of why you are avoiding it. If the reason is that you don’t know where to start, stop long enough to figure it out.
  2. Break it into small steps. Do not try something like “getting organized”. Instead try clean out the junk drawer in the kitchen. Then move on to another area.
  3. Get the materials together.   This could mean physical supplies or it could mean researching what you are going to do so that you will not fail.
  4. Make the time. We all have time during the week that we basically waste. My biggest one is Facebook.

Of course, these are easy to say and not so easy to do. Over the next several posts, I am going to go step by step through some of the ones I can actually say I have done or am going to do.

It can be done. It will make you feel better. (Maybe it will make you sleep better).

So, get off your duff and do it!

 

Words from a 92 year old

I found this on the internet and had seen it many times but it makes a lot of sense.

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less