Just do it is probably one of the most recognisable slogans there is. It is a direct command. Sometimes that is what we need. Someone to say, just do it.
I can only speak for myself, but I often think about doing something for weeks or even months before I start.
We all have things that we would like to do, things that would improve our mental and physical health, but we talk ourselves out of it with excuses.
Starting is the hardest part. Attending that first meeting or making that first phone call, or puting them running shoes on for the first time. Once that is out of the way though, it’s so much easier to follow through.
So, whatever you have been putting off for weeks, months, or even years. Take the first step today. Send the email, make the call. Invest in some running gear. it could be as simple as getting some information.
What holds most people back is they get a burst of faith and decide to climb a mountain before they have walked a mile.
I will use weight as a relatable example.
If you want to lose 10 pounds, eating nothing but salads and milkshakes is not a good starting point. You might keep it up for a week, but chances are you will crash and end up upset which will lead to binge eating and ending up heavier than before.
Instead, start by replacing the slice of cake with a handful of nuts and an orange. Park the car 10 minutes away from work; a few small changes like this will get better results.
Then, when you see the improvement, it will give you the faith that you can do better. So, you slowly cut out unhealthy foods and replace them with healthier options.
Most challenges that we face can be broken down into a series of steps. And when you do this, the challenge seems more manageable; fearful thoughts change to thoughts of faith, which in turn shift to feelings of accomplishment when you start completing each step.
Now, instead of a vicious circle of fear leading to worry and doubt, you have a circle of faith, expanded awareness, and peace of mind.
Whatever is the main thing that is holding you back take the first step today, just do it. And remember that one small step forward is better than staying where you are.
Enjoy your week.