Three simple words that Nike has used for years to inspire. But sometimes even the great and powerful Nike can’t make you “just do it”. Quite often, the even more powerful foe, procrastination, wins the battle.
How many of you out there have something that you need to get done and well, you just aren’t doing it? I’m gonna go with about 97% of you. Maybe more. And if you are one of the 3% that are doing everything. Call me. We need to talk.
I had a small task I needed to get done a few weeks ago. Nobody else would be effected if I didn’t do it. Nobody would even know if I didn’t do it. But I knew that I needed to get it done….for my own good. Yet, it sat there on my To Do list for days. Taunting me and laughing at me each morning. I could have just crossed it off and moved on. But I didn’t.
I did it. Eventually. And once it was done it felt so good. I actually felt good about two seconds after I started doing it because I knew then that it was going to get done. And it only took me about half an hour. Half an hour. So why did it take me so long to get it done?
According to Psychology Today the underlying reasons most people procrastinate is fear of failure, fear of success or perfectionism. Fear of success? Pretty sure that I think I can cross the last two off. But I knew that nobody else would see or judge what I did. How could I fail if that was the case. Yes, the mind is a strange and powerful force that can make you do things without you even knowing.
The funny thing is that I see my son and my husband doing it too and it drives me crazy.
“Why haven’t you booked your drivers test yet?”
Busy? Doing what? Now me, I’m really busy. I could be busy all day long. There’s laundry and cleaning the cat’s box and sorting my sock drawer. (No really, that actually is something I need to do). The fact of the matter is none of us are so busy that we can’t do that thing that needs to get done. Typically it’s something that we know will help us. Be it financially, emotionally or spiritually. But yet we put it off in favor of a menial task that has no consequence.
Is there a solution to this dilemma? Other than Nike’s? A way to put aside the fear of whatever it may be that is holding us back? If there is, I really need to know what it is because once I completed my small task……I realized that it had led me to an even bigger task. And now I’m not getting that done either.
The Best Thing in Life is just getting it done.
PS. I’ve been meaning to write this for a while now but well, you know.