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