Sometimes the task can feel overwhelming when you look at the sum and it paralyzes, doesn’t it? The thought of cleaning out the garage, prepping for a test, or (gulp) learning a new language!! But as I reflect on the week just passed that started with honoring MLK, his favorite quote of mine rings in my ears, “you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Could you imagine stepping into the White House with all the crises he is facing right now? Wow, just wow with a pandemic raging, vaccines so scarce, an economy teetering, society politically fractured now more than ever, extremists emboldened on both sides, and an international reputation that is, well, let’s just say undetermined. But let’s bring it down to a personal level, shall we?
What do you have left unfinished or un-started? What have you left undone because the task seems too large?
I know for me I often put things off because I look at the enormity of the mountain to climb and nine times out of ten when the task is accomplished I look back and think to myself, now that really wasn’t nearly as bad as I made it out to be!!
Why is that? Why do we get ourselves so wrapped up in the “have to” instead of looking forward to the “get to” when it comes to accomplishments we are about to embark on?
I can tell you what it is for me: I’m like a petulant child. I want my cake and eat it too. I want the sculpted body but don’t want to spend the time in the gym working for it. I want the pleasure of lounging on the couch. I want the pleasure of eating that chocolate cake, French Fries, Oreo cookie blizzard, Diet Mountain Dew, pancake, lather it on my spare tire, I don’t give two craps when I want it rather than the healthy chicken and veggies meal.
LOL, that was cathartic!!!
Case in point: I really didn’t want to write this blog this morning but rather would have laid on the couch, snuggled up with the pups under the blanket and watched the clouds hoping for some rain. But alas, I started stroking the keys, setting aside judgment that it was garbage at first, and whallaaaa, you all have something to hopefully relate to and take away with some brain food.
So, I’ll leave you with this: don’t rush out and check off everything on your To Do list right now, those people are over-achievers and annoying. But shift your mindset from “have to” over a bit and find your “get to” for just one task you’ve been procrastinating and see if it helps.
Who’s with me?