If you don't know what to do, do something...
Posted on 3rd October 2018 at 08:30
We all have times when we just don’t know what to do.
Perhaps we’ve looked at things from every angle and allowed “analysis paralysis” to bring us to a complete standstill. Sometimes, if we’re completely honest, our heart just isn’t in whatever it is and so nothing gets done. Or we’re waiting for the “right time” which, ironically, never comes.
And not forgetting those times when we know exactly what needs to be done but have convinced ourselves – for whatever reason – that we can’t do it.
Whatever the reason – and we’re sure you can come up with your own particular favourite – there’s a simple trick to help get things back on track. And that’s to go and do something else instead.
It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something you enjoy doing and makes you smile. Go for a walk, have a coffee with a friend, sing along to your favourite song on the radio, lose yourself in a book, clean the kitchen (well, perhaps not!). You get the idea.
Because it gets things moving again. Any movement is better than standing still. And as we all know, it’s much easier to pick up speed when you’re already moving, rather than from a standing start.
Just as important, it gives your subconscious mind the opportunity to work on whatever it is; free from the interference of your conscious mind, as well as the little monster in your head. And we all know how often those “eureka” moments come when we’re busy doing something else.
The other trick that can help if you find yourself always putting off a particular thing is to ask yourself:
“If I did this today what part of it would make me feel uncomfortable?”
This helps identify the reason – the WHY – for you putting it off. Often simply identifying it is enough to send it on its way.
If not, asking whether it really is true – or a reason for you not to do whatever it is – usually has the desired effect.
This just leaves the cases that boil down to a lack of confidence or it being something you haven’t done before. And, here, it’s about reminding yourself that life is all about learning how to do things we haven’t done before. Or those we have, better. Trial and error is fine. Both allow us to do it better next time. And the time after that. You don’t have to do it perfectly, it just has to be good enough.
And one final thought before we go. If there’s something you’ve been putting off AND it really does need doing, do it first thing in the morning. That way you’ve got it over and done with. Even better, we guarantee you’ll feel good about it for the rest of the day!
As always, the choice is yours.
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