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#75: The Habit of Doing

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Nothing occurs simply by thinking about it. Everything in the world -- computers, satellites, diapers, shoes, you name it -- came about by someone acting on an idea. There is a great void between people who DO and people who are GOING TO, BUT DON'T.

Our journeys to better health will never be successful if all we do is think about losing weight. To be successful we must DO something, NOW, not when things are 100 percent perfect. Oh, we can put forth all manner of excuses -- it's too hot or too cold, or we're too tired -- or any number of other reasons why we can't begin our journey NOW!

But, to wait for perfect conditions is to wait forever.

In all decisions of any importance, we struggle with our mind's battle over whether or not to act. Expect obstacles and meet them as they arise. Remember the adage of crossing bridges when we get to them.

Would you agree that one of the most difficult things to do is to get out of a warm bed into a cold bedroom? But, isn't it also true that the longer we lie there thinking of how unpleasant getting up will be, the harder it becomes for us to actually do so?

People who accomplish things don't wait for the perfect planetary alignment to take action. They DO IT NOW!

"Someday" is not the same as "Right now."

Tell yourself that nothing will be gained by putting off the beginning of your journey to weight loss and fitness. In truth, you'll expend more energy trying to avoid getting started than actually doing it.

An unsuccessful person is a procrastinator.

Successful people are doers. Their attitude is "Let's do it and do it now!"

Which are you?

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    I needed this reminder that success comes from doing. I have been dragging my feet on many of my goals for sometime now . My weight lost goals I can seem to focus on. I track my food and exercise in a notebook off line ....not on Spark People because my computer is so slow and I choose to spend my time on line reading blogs and posting . It is my other goals I can't seem to get working on like de-cluttering etc. Maybe this will get me going. Thanks
    4187 days ago
    Mostly a doer. This will re-encourage me to get back on track.
    4187 days ago
  • HOLLY1949
    I hope you don't take this the wrong way, because I agree with you 100% I must tell you, I got the biggest chuckle when I read this part...."People who accomplish things don't wait for the perfect planetary alignment to take action. They DO IT NOW!", So today Lou! I keep running into people who practice that kind of stuff. I see you are up with the current times. LOL

    This spoke to me today because I think the first step to any project is knowledge ,which takes time but if we are not careful you are right, all we will do is talk about what we plan on doing someday. Sometimes I want to know too much before I begin. I am one of these who will walk in the rain and snow but my big hurdle is getting my nose out of a book. Thanks for the reminder that success follows action . I needed this today. God Bless and thank you for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

    4188 days ago
    Great advice, Lou - and beautifully written as well. Part of this journey for me is to switch from procrastinator to doer - all of the time. I am especially taken with your getting out of bed illustration. Truth is that most of the things we avoid like that we end up having to do at some point anyway - can't stat in that warm bed forever, can we? So even though it is warm and cozy for the moment saying there just makes the whole rest of the day more chaotic and difficult. Great illustration. For me, It helps so much when I (strive to) walk with Jesus at the center of my life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Peggy
    4188 days ago
    Most of the time I am a doer. I do procrastinate on some things, but I am working on it. Great blog!
    4188 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I am a lot like the procrastinator, but I do try to become the other person. I'm am working on it though, little by little
    4188 days ago
    Great advice....I'm afraid I fall into the category of "going to, but don't." This is great food for thought and a good kick in the pants. Thanks.

    4188 days ago
    I totally agree. One must take a stand and be responsible. If you make a mess of the day, start a journal, get back to good food choices and make it happen. I appreciate the good sound advice. emoticon emoticon
    4188 days ago
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