Procrastinating about a difficult decision is understandable yet, regrettable. We’ve all experienced situations where problems worsened or opportunities passed us by because we waited, too long. The expression “let me sleep on it” can be a responsible approach to the decision-making process. But it can also be used as a convenient excuse for indecision.
Once the decision has been made, it is time for action. However, as personal experience will testify, this is another opportunity for procrastination. Nike understands. That’s why their battle cry is, “Just do it!”
There are three parts to any task: starting, doing, and finishing. I believe the most difficult part is getting started. After that, momentum tends to take over. Once any task is started, we often discover satisfaction in “the doing,” which increases momentum. Unfortunately it sometimes becomes necessary to rest, regroup, and refuel. Here’s the challenge — getting started again. Finishing is the second hardest part. But, isn’t finishing really about getting started as many times as necessary?
I believe the person who gets good at starting can accomplish anything. Because stopping is a necessary part of longer processes, finishing bigger tasks depends upon the ability to start more than once. Anyone who can start once can start as many times as needed to finish.
“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.” — John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 – 1890)
“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.” — Napoleon Hill
“Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.” — William Bridges
“The only joy in the world is to begin.” — Cesare Pavese (1908 – 1950)
“The beginning is always today.” — Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 – 1851)
“Progress begins with the belief that what is necessary is possible.” — Norman Cousins
“Begin — to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.” — Ausonius
“There is no bigger waste of time than doing 90% of what is necessary. “ -– Thomas Sowell
“If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.” — Oprah Winfrey
“It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.” — J. R. R. Tolkien
“Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” — Greg Anderson
There, I’m finished.
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