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Do the thing you are most dreading. Do it now

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Sage advice, and I'm trying to take it as often as possible.

Sometimes dread can be overwhelming. Fear can drive us to procrastinate, to avoid, to hide. It can keep us from the things that we truly want. Fear can keep us from reaching our goals and from stretching to our full, human potential.

I've been buried in revisions lately. Having to rework something that I wrote (and thought I was "finished" with) has been difficult, painful, and slow. I've been avoiding it for a lot of reasons, but now it is time to finish and push it back out the door. No matter how stressful.

Obviously this relates to health and exercise, too. How often do we say "oh, I'll start that diet tomorrow. I'll go for that first run tomorrow?" Putting it off is a way of dealing with the fear-- but unfortunately it doesn't change much. Only taking action will do that.

As I've been working hard to follow this advice, I've found that the more action I take, the better I feel. The stronger I feel, the more equipped I am to deal with the next thing, and the next. (Something else I've learned: there's ALWAYS a next thing waiting around the corner.)

So, what are you afraid of? What are you dreading? How can you slay that monster? Do it. Do it now, and move forward.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NUMD97 10/19/2013 8:20AM

    I've read about this in two places that really resonated with me: One was here on SP, someone had read a book about doing the most dreaded task first [the book referred to it as "eating the frog first"]. Two was an article I read recently of habits of most successful people. It, too, mentioned the worst task should be done first. That's two for two. And I have found if I dedicate the time to doing that first, the rest of the day goes better. I believe we need to "layer" our habits, and create the success one successful habit conquered at a time. At least that's the theory.

I've been wanting to start my day super-early for weeks now. [Yeah, it's taken me this long], and today finally it seems to have happened. Now I need to string another day to this one, and then another day to that. And that is what I call progress!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 9/7/2013 10:57PM

    You are so right . . . so right.

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EWL978 9/7/2013 7:58PM

    I know, I know....we all do it ... procrastinating is the universal exercise!!

Doesn't do any good though, does it?

Keep on keeping on and let me know how you're doing??

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