The Time Is Now
by Joe Bonura , CSP
Stop Waiting and Start Doing
Farmers who wait for perfect conditions never plant, and farmers
who watch the clouds never harvest. (Ecclesiastes 11:4)
Weather or Not
Today we are having some yard work done in our backyard. When I
woke up this morning, I checked the weather report that said there
was a 70% chance of rain later today. When I looked out the window,
I saw the landscaper's trucks parked in front of my house. The workers
were already in the yard beginning the job. When I told the foreman
that it was going to rain today, he responded that if he went by
the weather report, he would never leave his facility. It is now
12:00 Noon, the work is half done, and I have not seen a drop of
Conditions will never be perfect for whatever it is you are putting
off. The secret to real success is to Just Begin. "Beginning
is half done" is a cliche that I like to quote and live by.
I have noticed throughout my life that my mood always follows my
action. An action is the first step you take in order to begin.
Whenever I am not in the mood to exercise, I tell myself that I
am going to "take five." I tell myself that I will walk
on the treadmill for just five minutes, or I will only do five reps
of each exercise on my Total Gym. It never fails that after I
have walked the first five minutes, I am ready to go for another
25 minutes. After I have completed my five reps, I am ready
to go for the next 10 reps.
Lie To You
To be honest, I never really feel like starting to exercise; however,
by mentally lying to myself, I am able to get myself going even
when I do not feel like going. The same is true for making telephone
sales calls. I do not feel like making calls. I have developed another
trick to get myself going: I lift the phone and call an existing
client to talk about his day or to see if there is anything that
I can do for him. It is like a warmup exercise with a friendly respondent
on the other line.
Once I make that first call, I get the ball rolling, and I am ready
to continue dialing. I have also found that if I just plan to do
ten calls in a row after my warm up, the rest of the calls are easy.
Give it a try and watch what happens.
Routine also helps to shatter the procrastination ceiling. I have
developed a routine every morning with our little dog Maggie. I
let her out at the same time every morning, and she has now developed
the habit of following my routine. I then clean her dishes and feed
her at the same time. She likes the routine, and so do I. Think
of the consequences if I did not follow a regular routine with her!
I would have to clean up a lot of messes around the house. Just
like the Fram air filter commercial warned, "Pay me now, or
pay me later."
Rain Or Shine
Before you clock out tonight, make a list of all the things that
you will need to do tomorrow. Pick the top three must-do things
on your list. Set a time on your calendar to begin each task. Then
first thing tomorrow morning, come rain or shine, . . . BEGIN.
2015 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.