Have you ever been in a situation where you procrastinated from doing the right thing?
We all have moments of indecision. Times when we are really stumped about which is the most appropriate path — right or left, fries or salad, sports car or hybrid, to stay or to go.
While I have my fair share of indecision, I find that a greater challenge of mine is acting on a decision I know is right.
In your heart, you know the right thing to do, but you’re afraid to pull the plug.
Whether it be a decision to quit your soul-sucking job to pursue your dream, or ending a long-term relationship that has turned toxic, or having to confront someone who has hurt your feelings — have you ever hemmed and hawed because you just didn’t want to deal with the possible negative backlash?
The temptation is to see this single act triggering a thousand dominoes that will result in becoming homeless, friendless, jobless, or—fill in your worst fear.
But then again, what happens when you do act? Does the worst actually happen?
A friend recently reminded me that when you know you have to do the right thing, even if it’s tough, just take the baby steps.
For instance, if a good friend has wronged you, you may be afraid to talk to him. So take a baby step — send him a text or an email to set up a time to chat.
When you focus on the small steps like picking up the phone and just dialing the number, then it doesn’t seem as daunting. Act and don’t listen to all the hair-brained doomsday scenarios playing in your head.
Act and know you will be okay.
Being stuck between a rock and a hard place does not feel good. Especially when it comes to having to deal with other people’s feelings.
But like a fresh wound, cleansing the wound immediately, no matter how much it hurts, will result in quicker healing. Allow the wound to fester by ignoring it, and you’ll end up with an infection, or worst.
Baby steps. Take them.
Stress Release Tip
In moments of overwhelm, our breathing is vital to calm ourselves and become centered. In those quiet moments, all is well and all our needs are met. Cultivate that feeling and bring it with you when dealing with life’s tough moments. Is this difficult moment, any worse than the numerous issues you have overcome in your life, many of which you have totally forgotten about. This too will pass. You got this!
Notice how often you are fully aware of what is going on around you. How many pieces of this present moment can you perceive. Engage all of your senses – right now. The more mindful we are, the more engaged in our life we become. Are you coasting into the future without ever being HERE? Are you ruminating on the past at the expense of NOW?
Quote From Jon
“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”
– Ivan Turgenev
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