Recently I was on vacation with my family.
Instead of going with the typical hotel-style vacation, we decided to mix it up with AirBNB.
The platform allows you to rent out someone’s entire home for usually less than you’d pay at a hotel.
This meant we had our own kitchen, which was quite nice.
After breakfast one morning, there was a small amount of grease left in the pan. Thinking, “Oh it will be fine,” I dumped it down the drain.
Turns out that it was fine.
But the event still stood out to me in a big way when one of my family members noticed and told me about the dangers of dumping grease down the sink.
The problem is: I already knew this. But I dumped it down the drain anyway.
Why? Because I was lazy. Careless.
I think a lot of people wouldn’t even register this as being a significant event. Many people would probably shrug it off, only to do something similarly careless.
But what this event taught me is that laziness in any capacity is never okay.
The event magnified my ongoing side quest of achieving everyday power-ups in life.
Whenever I’m faced with a decision to do something or just be lazy, I choose the former.
This has been an extraordinary side quest that has become a habit and has affected my life in many positive ways.
If there is a spot on the floor, I clean it up.
If I see that the trash is filling up, I just go ahead and empty it instead of waiting for it to become over-filled.
If I have to wake up early and chop wood for the fire, I just go out and do it even if it’s cold out.
If I see some crumbs on the counter, I just go ahead and clean them up instead of potentially attracting ants.
If I have to do a difficult task that I don’t want to do, I don’t waste a second thinking about it…I just do it (still a work in progress).
By doing these simple things without procrastinating, I have found so much strength, confidence, and courage that I didn’t know I had.
My life has become so much better by adopting a “just get it done” mentality. My self-worth is through the roof.
I feel stronger, more responsible, more trustworthy, more reliable, more dignified, more brave, and even more “heroic.”
If I see that something needs to be done, now I just do it.
When I first started doing this, it was hard. In fact, it still is hard…
…but at this point, the internal benefits I receive are so much greater than the burden of the task.
I might do 10 things in a day that I didn’t want to do, or wouldn’t have otherwise done. But once those 10 things are done, then they’re done forever. And I get to spend the rest of the day being the person I want to be…feeling like the person I want to feel like…and earning the self-respect that I deserve.
I’ve also noticed that other people can feel it. People can tell if you’re a strong, responsible, and trustworthy person.
This is a form of discipline that not a lot of people talk about. But having the discipline to just do what you see needs to be done (without waiting) is an immensely beneficial skill to have.
All I did was I started to get into the habit of noticing when I make those subtle, “It will be fine” agreements with myself.
If I see something that needs to be done and I catch my mind glossing over it, I just force myself to do it instead.
The funny thing is that the task I dreaded so much wasn’t actually even close to as bad as I thought it was going to be.
I’ve been practicing this mentality for a while now and I can tell you that it just gets easier and easier to knock things out and do the things that need to be done.
This mentality, of course, includes doing things the right way instead of the good enough way.
What I have found is that it is far more painful to worry about a task than it is to actually just do it.
There is far more stress and worry knowing in the back of your mind that something wasn’t done correctly, than to just take the extra time and effort to ensure that it was done correctly.
Procrastination is actually quite a painful habit. It actually feels bad to procrastinate.
And if you don’t think it feels bad, it’s because you’ve allowed your self-image to correspond to the habit of procrastination.
It will take you some time to undo this effect, but it can be done more easily than you might think. All you have to do is take it in small steps.
No problem is too great if taken one small step at a time.
My challenge to you is to find that one thing that you know you have to do, and just do it. Clear your mind, don’t think about it, don’t stress about it, and don’t worry about it. Just get it done.
Block out your thoughts. Block them out.
Block out your thoughts and get it done.
It helps to be present with yourself and with the activity.
Just go ahead and move your body in the way it needs to move in order to rid yourself from the pain of holding onto something you need to do.
Instead, just get it done.
You don’t need to continue to weigh yourself down with these things. Get them done and then let them go.