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know it … do it …

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
― Leonardo da Vinci


Here’s the gap, you know what to do to live a better life and you decide that doing is too hard.  Is it really?

You’ve heard the excuses and maybe you’ve made those same excuses yourself.

  • I don’t have enough time.
  • There is too much to do.
  • I have to …
  • I can’t …
  • There is something more important right now.
  • Tomorrow, I’ll do it tomorrow

I hear those excuses a lot.   How do you make progress if you know what you want and still find excuses not to?

First, get really serious about what is important to you.  Is spending another 30 minutes on Facebook really going to help you make improvements in your life?  Is watching another TV show going to help you?

Some people are hoping something magical will occur that will allow them to do what they say they want without doing any work to realize that goal.  If there are old habits that are just creating misery in your life then wouldn’t it be nice to take the time to change those old habits and create some new ones?  Most people would say, yes I want new habits.  Now, doing the work is the hard part and for some it just doesn’t get done.

If it is really important then it is really important to make the changes in your life so that you can focus on getting the results you want.  It’s time to put the excuses away and put the energy into making positive change.

It’s “I know what I want to do … I just don’t do it” that stops people from getting the results they think or believe they want.  It takes work to change a habit.

What’s your excuse?


It’s about time

‘Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”   M. Scott Peck

Lost Goals

Many people are putting together thoughts about what they will do “next” year.   In January there are all kinds of plans that are set in motion and in a short amount of time the momentum has turned into a trickle of energy.    The ideas, the dreams and the thoughts of achieving something remarkable blend into the cacophony of everyday life.   The dreams fade, the goals vanish as well as the energy to make life vivid.

Fading Dreams

Why do dreams fade faster than a western sunset?   It might be all the noise that surrounds daily life.  Those little energy drainers that suck just enough out of each day that when it is time to dream and to think of big goals there just isn’t anything left.   It is those life leeches that attach themselves to our lives and continually suck the dream out of us.

Finding Energy

Distractions eat away at the energy to do what you really want to do and eventually there is nothing but distractions and there is little time for focus and doing the things that move you forward.   What are the distractions in your life?

Write down what is distracting you and rate them from 1 – 10 in terms of the energy that they take away from you.   Which distractions can you dispose of?  What can you just get rid of today?

Forget it

There is stuff coming at you from all angles.  Some of the stuff is useless and yet there may be a tendency to hang on to it.  How much of the email you receive each day is of no value at all?   More than one message for sure.

If there is no request that you have to respond to in the email message and the value of the information is low, get rid of it, don’t file it, just flush it and forget it.

File it

Sometimes there are things that are informational, that will have value in the near future.  It might be something that you are passionate about that you can use to move you forward towards you goals.   Even though the material isn’t useful for you today it could be shortly.   File those things and get it out of your mind.

Finish it

Now if you have filed or put it in the trash you should only have things left that are directly related to you achieving your goals.   Now it is time to work on those goals and get them done.  Now that all the distractions have been dealt with all you have left is you and the goal, finish it.

Do it

It does seem like the best time is the New Year to start on a getting life in order.  Why wait?   What is the benefit of waiting?   There is no benefit of waiting.  The time to take action is today, not tomorrow, not after the holidays, not later, it is today, right now.    The right time is right now.   Toss aside the excuses and engage in doing what will bring you positive results today.

Look at simpleology.com and use a tool to help you focus on what you really want.  Decide on what you want to do and start doing it.  Use a tool to track your progress or send you reminders.   Have someone hold you accountable for getting you closer to what you want.   Procrastinate not a minute longer.  Right now, take that first step and start doing what it will take to experience a better life for you.

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
Karen Lamb