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Quit Making Excuses and Do It

November 5, 2010
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Do It!

I’m going to tell you something that’s going to help you do the things you really want in life.  It will reduce all of the self-help books down to 2 simple words.  It is something so simple that you probably already know it.  But I have to warn you, that despite it being a simple concept it is hard to do.

Here it goes.  If you have a dream that you want to realize or if there is something that you really want to do in life, the answer is: do it.

In Stride, Of Course.

I’m not implying that if you want to start your own business, you should walk to your boss right now, tell him/her that you quit, and then buy your own office space.  That’s just impulsive.  What I am suggesting, though, is that there is something you can do to move you closer to actualizing your dream.  There has to be one thing that you can do right now that will move you in the right direction.

For example, at some point in our relationship Bessie and I decided that we wanted to take some time off and travel through Central and South America.  We had no money to do so, no plane ticket, and no definite plans of any kind.  Really, all we had was a dream and some desire.  Within a week, though, I had taken the first step: I had opened up a savings account where 25% of my paycheck was deposited every 2 weeks.  I still didn’t have a plane ticket, or an itinerary, or anything resembling a trip, but the first step was completed.  After that, it was a matter of doing the second thing.  Then the third.  And so on…

Ok, now you may be thinking that I’m over simplifying things.  You’re thinking about all of your dreams and what you want to do with your life and you’re thinking that you can’t do that right now.  It simply needs to wait as there are so many other things that need to be done first.  There are bills and all sorts of obligations getting in the way and once those are figured out, you can then do the things that you really want to do.  And to that, I call bullsh*t.

 

I call bullsh*t on the idea you can’t do something now.

It doesn’t have to be the grandest thing.  It just needs to be one simple thing that gets you there.  Do you want to start your own business?  In most states you can go online and make your own LLC with the name of your choosing in under and hour.  (Heck, this business was born in an old fishing house on the coast of Chile in the same manner)  Do you want to travel the world?  You can open up a savings account in the same amount of time that it takes you to check your email.  You want to be a better cook?  Start cooking.  You want to learn how to salsa dance?  Find a partner and practice.

 

So, Step by Step

Once you start the first step, you’ll see what you have to do next.  Then do that.  After that, find the next thing and do it.  And then keep on going.  The reluctance to make the first step just means that you are making excuses for yourself not to do the things you actually want to do.

I’m not going to make any promises that the journey will be easy or that you will actually reach your destination.  I’m not going to get that wishy-washy on you; that’s what Tony Robbins is for.  It will probably be hard and you’ll have to make some sacrifices.  But, in the end, I think the choice is a simple one.  You have two options:  1) Do you want to live your life wandering what could have been? or 2) Do you want to know, success or failure, what it could be like to achieve your dream?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2010 11:04 am

    Exactly!! Making change isn’t about luck. It’s about seriously looking at what it’s going to take…and then taking it seriously. You’re right, it probably won’t be easy…it WILL involve sacrifice…and in the end it might not look like the original dream…but it will totally be worth it, and with it comes power, and success, and freedom, and joy. Just. Take. The. First. Step.

    • November 6, 2010 12:31 pm

      I think you’re exactly right, Gillian. Sometimes you head off on one path, thinking you’re moving closer to what you want, then find that it’s actually not a good fit, and you don’t like it after all. But it all brings you closer to what you’d really like your life to be like.

      And your site name fits in perfectly w/ this concept – sometimes you need to take a giant step. They’re scary sometimes, but great!!

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