Get in Gear and Get Going

(Read in less than :04)“When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.”~~Aesop

I wish I could have met Aesop. I think he was one cool dude. He was a slave but a storyteller who definitely had a way with words. His one liners still roll off the tongue and sound so with-it, you’d swear they came from the script of a popular TV show.

Why is it so easy to say and so hard to do? Why is it so hard to get in gear? Blame it on inertia. “A body at rest tends to stay at rest”?  Why fight it? It’s natural to resist change after all, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. We’re constantly battling a pesky force, sometimes known as “The Resistance” whenever we try to do the right thing or improve our habits.

Resistance is very real and constantly working against us, especially when we try to get in gear and do something worthwhile. In fact, the obstacles seem to increase in direct proportion to the value and importance of the work we’re trying to do. We all battle resistance every day beginning when we hit snooze on the alarm.

The nasty bugger rises up to block our progress every time we try to become something better. In fact, the bigger the goal, the harder it works to stop our progress. But it’s a scam, don’t fall for it.

Remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz when a terrified Dorothy peeked behind the curtain at “The Great Oz?” Ha! There was a frantic, sweaty little man, madly cranking gears and levers to make himself look huge, scary and real. He was just like The Resistance. A big, fat fake. He can be beaten and you can whip him, too.

Which camp are you in?

A lot of people have trouble getting motivated. They’re at a loss to come up with anything that inspires them to change or improve. This happens for one of two reasons. Once a desired level of success has been reached, lots of people develop a bland “okay-ness” with their current situation. It’s hard to want to bust a move when we’re comfy. This may be the time to reevaluate what really matters.

Or, the opposite might be true. If a person thinks they have such a long list of things that need to be improved they freeze and have no idea where to begin. This is much more common. If this is the case, the tendency is to try to fix everything at once in a mad sprint to get skinny/rich/organized overnight. Overwhelm kills a lot of attempts at self-improvement.

For those in the first group, we’re either “green and growing or ripe and rotting.” When we quit challenging ourselves the decline begins. The difference between The Sea of Galilee, teeming with life, and The Dead Sea is that the Dead Sea is in receive-only mode. There is input but no output. Stagnation may just be the ultimate insult to our Creator. Keep reaching and never quit.

Put it in gear and get going

For the person who doesn’t know where to start, the simple answer is to begin. Put it in low gear. It really doesn’t matter where you start because even the smallest changes ripple through all aspects of our life. Breaking through inertia and self-doubt is the most exhilarating, most empowering feeling there is. It’s an opportunity to feel more alive than you have ever felt.

The following words have always been inspiring to me. The final sentence of his famous quote is well known. I’d like to share it in full because it is powerful.

“….the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way”.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.“~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Have a great weekend! See you Monday!

 

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