I know I'm super guilty of that. In the past (because I refuse to claim it now and going forward), I'd put off doing so much because of not having the right equipment, time, look, money...blah, blah, blah-- only to realize that I wasted precious time that would have been crucial to the development of that thing I was waiting to start. I mean, how much richer would I have been if I would have just started that dime in the liter bottle challenge at the beginning of the new year? Ummm....a lot more than I am now whilst staring down the spout of an empty liter bottle. LOL
Today I started a list of the things that over the lasts couple of years I said I'd start but didn't. Luckily for me, a nice sum of them are on Trello boards with faint grey font and a time stamp to let me know just how long I've abandoned a dream or an idea because I wasn't ready to start it for whatever reason; fear, resources, time, lack of support...whatever. It's all logged.
With that said, it got me to thinking of how important it is to put into place rubrics for success in completing things I start (or in this case, fail to start, but claim that I want to start). Over the next few weeks, I will be combing my notebooks and Trello boards to help map out these steps for success that will work for me. The questions I will ask myself are:
- Is this just a brain dump so I won't forget this brilliant idea?
- Is this something that is important for my happiness and if so,
- How important is it (1-3 scale should keep it simple)?
- What would my reward be for completing this thing (spiritual, emotional, mental, financial, etc.)?
- When would I like to have this done by? (add reminders and dates to calendar to stay on track)
- What do the steps look like to achieving this thing?
- How can I start now with what I have?
- Who can I enlist that will actually hold me accountable?
I'm positive that if consistent with this practice of asking myself these questions, I will start and finish more things in a shorter time than in all my previous procrastinating years combined.
What are some things you told yourself you'd start but yet to have taken the first step of just beginning? How has not starting this thing affected your life? I'd love to know so leave a comment below:)
Much love, many blessings,