There is a motivational quote that's made the rounds on Facebook....and T-shirts....baseball caps...cups, pins, magnets, bags, aprons and buttons.
No matter how slow you go you're still lapping everyone on the couch.
The focus is usually exercise....specifically running...but it applies to all kinds of things. In our busy world, it is hard to dredge up the motivation, carve out the time, inspire ourselves to action and like a Nike advertisement...JUST DO IT.
Just do it? Uhhhh….how about “Just shut up!” because “just do it” is not all that easy!
I want to be healthy and fit (and skinny too, of course....but like THAT’S ever gonna' happen.) Remind me of the healthy and fit thing at 4:30 in the morning when my alarm goes off signaling the start of another day….and that it’s time for a trip to Planet Fitness.
"Are you kidding me" I ask myself in disbelief, “Surely....SURELY...you jest."
Some mornings I make it there, sleepy eyed and half awake....but too many times, I get a cup of coffee...snuggle up here on the couch and "research" all kinds of stuff for this blog. In my thesaurus, I find that a synonym for "research" is surf the web. Did you know that?
And many times I do stumble upon a quote or snippet that I earmark for a future blog post. This post, for example, is the result of wasting time in google reader...scrolling through the RSS feeds of a couple hundred blogs...clicking on the posts that piqué my interest. Topics, quotes, ideas I plan to write about....someday.....after I do enough "research."
Ahhhhh....writing. I love to write. Always have. Yet...many days the only things I write are short and snappy emails to coworkers...or meeting minutes...or tomorrow's to do list which, almost always includes..."write a blog post.". Do I? Most day...nope.
Why? I have an abundance of things to say, share, explore, discuss, muse about. Part of it is time...part of it is motivation...procrastination...haphazard organization.
I've come upon a similar message in many of the things I've read lately. (Serendipity?) The bloggers version of the Nike slogan. Just write. Just do it. And today, in post on a blog called Write Anyway...penned by an author named Alice Bradley I found the following quote.....
….and if you write a little every day, you end up–well, a lot farther along than if you had written nothing.
In other words...you will still be "lapping everyone sitting on the couch."
It's not just about writing...or dieting...or running either. Let's think slow and steady here (as in wins they race), the tortoise and the hare...the ant and the grasshopper. Steady, sustained effort moves us ever closer to our goals.
Following is the quote in it's entirety....
If I wrote a little bit every day, I discovered, I could actually get a decent amount done. Maybe not AUSTER-LEVEL CONTENT OUTPUT (Sorry for the caps lock, still mad). But a little, and if you write a little every day, you end up–well, a lot farther along than if you had written nothing. So my genius strategy was (and is): write as much as I can. If I can fit in a half hour, so be it. An hour is spectacular. That’s usually the best I can manage. And it’s fine.