Thursday, February 9, 2012
Commandment #4: Do It Now!
As time went on, and I took other courses, I realized that I really wanted to end the experience on a good note, so I changed the timing of statistics. I placed three electives last--things I thought would be fun (I was a little bit wrong thinking that personal finance was going to be fun, but I still learned a lot).
In the end, I was very glad that I did this. What I really wish, though, was that I'd taken stats first and just gotten it out of the way.
So, that's the nature of this commandment....Don't put off the things you dread. Get them over with.
One thing BYU sent out with the first class was a form on which you assigned yourself different tasks for each day and how you would reward yourself once you were done. I loved those things. I got, over time, so I didn't need them any more, but they were great motivation there are first.
The big phrase in our house right now is "doing anything is better than doing nothing at all." Those words tie in great with this commandment. Just do something that'll get you going in the right direction--anything no matter how small that thing might be.
*No more putting of things you're dreading--just dive in.
I dove into my gift wrap box this evening. Ugh! But it's now done, and I have a newly cleaned corner of my laundry room.
*If you truly dread something, create babysteps that are a little less frightening to get you there. While you take them, look back and cheer yourself on.
*Don't put off or excuse yourself from any generous impulse you might have. You never know where this kind of action might lead you.
This all goes back to that quote I love so much...
The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago; the second best time is now.
It's time to stop making excuses and just get 'er done.