The NOW Habit: Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done

by golda on April 28, 2011

 

By Golda Smith

 

Hey, let’s have a heart to heart shall we. This may step on some toes but it must be said…actually it’s already been said but it bears repeating. Perfectionism is a myth, one that will drive you to the mad house or a nervous breakdown if you insist on chasing it. This message is for anyone who feels paralyzed by the unknown, it’s for the new business owner, the new mommy, the new blogger, maybe it’s for you.

I’ve been blogging since March 2010. While I’m delighted that I made it through a year of writing articles and creating videos when I look back on some of my early posts to be perfectly honest…

They SUCKED!

Oh my goodness yes they do. However, if I allowed my lack of experience and sheer terror of being “found” online prevent me from continuing to write I certainly wouldn’t be as comfortable as I am expressing myself now. I would have NEVER shared with my readers my experience with depression and suicidal thoughts. Part of growing is pushing yourself to do the next thing regardless of how prepared you are.
 
Some people, NOT you of course, but some people hold a Ph.D. in gathering information. You know the types that attend every event and tend to be first in line to purchase every product only to have them line their book shelves unfinished. They get ready to get ready and then…get ready some more, in other words they procrastinate. This is a very debilitating behavior. So what’s the solution?
 
Just do the next thing
 
Yes it is that simple and the only thing or only one preventing you is YOU. So where are you currently stuck? Did you start a diet in January only to hit a plateau in March? Do the next thing and change your workouts or do a body cleanse and shake up your metabolism. Or perhaps your new to blogging and your still confused about keywords and can’t tell the difference between meta tags and post tags, don’t sweat it just do the next thing. Write that article and publish it. I promise if you keep increasing your skills and applying what you are learning you will get better.
 
This advice applies to any area of your life where you feel at a standstill. Don’t allow your need to understand and control everything prevent you from moving forward even if that means making mistakes. Yes, you may make mistakes so take a deep breath, check your ego and get over yourself. That’s part of the process. My advice is to take a post it and with a big fat marker write these words
 

 

Do The Next Thing

 

Place it in your work space, bathroom, your forehead, car dashboard, where ever you need a reminder that you will not allow yourself to gather information, ask thousands of questions, have those questions answered, read yet another book, still do nothing with the information AND then try to justify your inability to take action. Stop the madness! I dare you, do the next thing.
 
 
 

Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" and enjoys working with other moms to get them into the happy zone and living the lives they were meant to live!

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1 Brandy@Organic Seo Marketing
Twitter: brandyorrange
April 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

I love this post. I too look back at some of my first articles and cringe. I almost went and re did them, but decided not to. I optimized some of the SEO and keywords, but left the formatting the same.

Perfection is very hard to overcome. I wish I could say I am in recovery, but I don't think any perfectionist truly is.. LOL!! I try so hard to focus and do what is in front of me. Do it well and then move on. No once can be perfect. It's a face we must accept!! But this is coming from a stubborn lady who still tries not to accept it! 🙂
Thank You for the genuine article. I love connecting with people who are real and true!
Have a great day!!

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2 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
April 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Great to meet you Brandy and thanks for your honesty. I don’t even try to be perfect. My goal is to simply to my best 🙂 That probably pisses some perfectionists off, lol.
Until next time…

Golda

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3 Lorie Letschert
Twitter: LorieLetschert
April 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Everything you said here it is true. For me, it really works to have a plan. So I made this daily schedule, hour by hour and it really works for me.

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4 Grady Pruitt@How To Build Self Confidence In Adults
Twitter: successBB
May 5, 2011 at 3:51 am

Wow, Golda!  As always, that is some awesome advice!  I need to start taking it more often myself.  I know that lately, I keep putting off the things that I know I need to be doing because I don't have time right then, or I need to get to this other thing right now, or I've got to check out this new site I just found or….  The list seems to be endless.  Even right now, as I know I should be getting ready to do something else, I'm taking the advice and doing "the next thing" that I need to get done.  Thanks for the reminder!

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5 Monica D. Williams May 10, 2011 at 10:38 am

Golda, I can see your beautiful evolution and it is indeed beautiful! I started blogging in July 2010, and oh yes… i sucked! But when we continue we grow, expand and evolve into our authentic voice. I am loving your posts because they are so authentic! Great work.

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6 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
May 11, 2011 at 12:16 am

Thank you Monica!

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7 Tom Heatherington May 11, 2011 at 1:33 am

Procrastination is really getting into my nerve. I don’t have a serious mind over the things that I’m doing and I waste a big deal of time. But I believe that I have to change this attitude and be more committed and responsible.  I just needed a very forceful push and I think that it would be this article.  It’s really for me Golda! Thanks a lot!

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8 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
May 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

Hi Tom. Jeffery Combs is an expert in helping people overcome their procrastination. You can connect with him at http://goldenmastermind.com

Golda

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