Saturday, August 27, 2011

Just Do It!

This week, we kick off a new series of coaching lessons, all about getting it done.
It, can be any worthy goal.
The first step in reaching our dreams is often the most difficult,
because we must do more than commit, we must act.
We'll get into the reasons why we procrastinate in future posts.
Today, we're focusing on action.
Without action, nothing changes.
If things aren't working in your life,
you can't expect change by sitting on your hiney while complaining.

You have to do something.

Want a new job, then get some training and send out applications.
Sick of a bad relationship, then end it and meet new people.
Want to improve your writing, take a class, read great literature, write!

He who waits loses.

Animals know this.
A peach on the tree is one day away from juicy perfection. You leave it. When you return in the morning, a bird had beaten you to the fruit, and helped himself to it's ripe flesh.

Does a dog wait if a burger falls from your plate?
He seizes the opportunity and gobbles the succulent prize as you gape.

Children understand this.
Have you ever seen kids bashing a pinata at a birthday party?
It's a lesson in life. Exuberance pays off.
As the goodies cascade to the ground,
the urchins scramble to gather all the candy their sticky fingers can hold.
They don't wait.

Even a bothersome dandelion knows enough to suck up water as it rains.
 Why not you?

All of nature comprehends that when an opportunity presents it self,
you grab it.
Don't think about it for a week,
or discuss endlessly if this is the absolute best opportunity.
Does the dog turn up his nose at the burgur,
hoping a fatter one will miraculously land in his dish?
Of course not.

Opportunities are gifts. I call them blessings.
If the universe drops a blessing at your feet, accept!
It really is that simple.
A five year old child knows that when asked if they want a cookie,
the answer is yes.

Take the first step and act.
Pick that peach.
Grab the candy.
Gobble the burger.

Because if you don't, someone else will.
You snooze, you lose.

This week, start paying attention to the opportunities around you.
Say yes to them and act.
Write down what happens in your journal.
How you feel about accepting good things as they fall into your life.
You will find that the more willing you are to accept these blessings, the more the universe will send your way.

So, just do it!


  1. Excellent post and very good points! However, all this talk of food is forcing me to make a trip to the kitchen:-)

  2. I needed to hear this today- off to sign up for a platform campaign.

  3. So true! It's like, if there's a $5 bill lying on the street, who wouldn't pick it up, rather than leaving it there because it's not $50?

  4. Dreaming about something isn't going to make it happen. If you don't take a step forward, soon you'll find you've been left behind with something holding onto something besides a daydream. Regret. Thanks Sandy.

  5. Good advice, Sandy. You know, it is easy to get into a pattern of waiting to see if there's an easier way. There's not. You just gotta roll up your sleeves and get after it. :D

  6. How true! We had a yard sale. Afterward my FIL (who had a stroke so can't communicate verbally) handed me $10. I didn't understand what he was trying to "pay" for so I told him to just take whatever he was wanting. I wasn't going to take his money when he lives with us! The next instant he turned to SonIL and handed him the same $10. Son IL took it, thanked him and pocketed the cash. WTH?? Come to find out FIL was paying for us selling his goods for him! I turned down a contribution!

  7. Alas, sometimes we don't see an opportunity when it's right under our noses because we haven't learned to look -- really look -- at what's around us. Good advice.

  8. This is a great post, Sandy. If it isn't good enough for your children, then it isn't good enough for you is so true.