Warning: This post is a big, swift kick in the ass following this week’s Monday Mantra. Read that first if you would like a softer approach, and when you’re ready to start making sh*t happen, continue below.
You’ll never do anything if you don’t start getting sh*t done.
That does nothing for you.
What helps? Starting something. Doing something. Making a decision.
The main source of our stress and anxiety is indecision.
So start making some decisions.
All of those outstanding things that keep building up are holding you back. If you don’t make any decisions, then they will continue to be there, haunting you until you completely lose your mind or actually start doing something about it.
Want to start an exercise routine? Start moving your body. Now. Move it, shake it, run it, bike it, dance it. Move.
Want to go on a big trip? Pick out a sexy place you want to visit, research how much it costs, and start saving.
Want to do something different this weekend or visit friends? Make a phone call, pick a date, and stick to it.
No more: “what ifs” “maybes” “laters” can’ts” or “shoulds”
If you want something, really really really want it, then start doing it.
It doesn’t have to be big or perfect. That’s where we get tripped up. Because we want everything to be perfect—the perfect weather to run outside, the new top from lululemon, the right time and day, the new season (when summer comes…), the new year (January 1…), the perfect vacation plan….I could keep going.
We wait wait wait wait and wait some more for everything to line up perfectly. But guess what? Nothing’s going to line up if you don’t ACT.
I’m scared out of my mind to run this half marathon on Saturday, and every possible demeaning thought has literally run through my brain. But I started it and I’m going to finish it because want to prove to myself that I can run 13.1 miles.
Was I scared to start the training? Yes.
Did I start the training? Yes.
Did I give up during training even though I had bad days? No.
Am I going to bail on the race? Nope.
Am I going to let my thoughts get to me so I get so anxious I barely make it to the start line? Hell no!
“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy…It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.” -Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ
Want to run a race, swim a mile, or start a new sport? Then start running, start swimming, and start playing that sport.
Want to start your own business? Set aside one hour per day to brainstorm about that business and start writing a plan.
You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be the most amazing runner to start running. You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer to start swimming.
Too many times do we let these thoughts of comparison, perfection, and fear get in the way of doing what we actually want to do.
So what’s stopping you? What’s holding you back from doing what you want? What are you waiting for?
Put yourself first. Don’t wait on anyone else or anything else.
Be honest with yourself. Then start. You may fall, you may hurt, you may not get it right the first time, you may *fail*.
But starting and trying something that you want to do outweighs not doing it at all. (click here to tweet that)
Print this out, share this with your friends who need a kick, and read it every day. Make it your new mantra. Make it happen.