What Will You Commit to Accomplishing?
No matter what, there is always room for improvements in terms of your personal satisfaction and level of success. You can be happy, but what would make you happier? You may be successful, but what else do you want to achieve?
A choice is always made to take action in order to move life forward in a certain direction, or to sit still – in which case you can expect very little to change. It’s Newton’s First Law, right? An object at rest will stay at rest.
While some relaxation is certainly an important part of remaining focused, alert and creative, a constant state of “doing nothing” will not help you achieve your goals. How many things do you need or want to accomplish today, but keep putting off until “tomorrow?” It is easy to come up with excuses to justify that you don’t have time or the resources to accomplish what you need to do.
I wanted to sit down and edit a project while traveling yesterday, but I told myself there wasn’t enough leg room on the plane to open up my laptop. I came to this conclusion without even trying, and I didn’t bother to take out the hard copy I brought with me to make the edits. If I really wanted to complete the project, I would have found a way. Instead, I came up with excuses.
What happens as a result of making excuses is procrastination, which in my opinion takes far more energy than doing. Procrastinating keeps things hanging over your head, and the mental exhausting of “having to do something” is far more strenuous than actually doing.
Things that are put off only build up on top of other things that need to be accomplished, which leads to stress. It’s like the attic you know needs to be cleaned, but figure what damage can throwing one more useless thing up there do? It will get organized tomorrow. In the meantime, those items just keep piling and piling on top of one another until the ceiling comes crashing down. “Tomorrow” never came.
Whatever it is that you want to achieve, make a commitment to make that happen. Whether it be a short term or long term goal, take the necessary steps today to get things in motion. Have a clear plan, but don’t let perfectionism get in the way. Doing is far more powerful than being perfect. There is always going to be room for improvement.
As Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”
Millionaire Money Habit: The difference between those who achieve and those who don’t is simply that winners try. Success comes to those who have the guts to keep trying after they fail.