Yesterday morning, I took the initiative, and it made all the difference. When I made that decision, it set everything else in motion. All those little things that I needed to do but were in the “no rush” category got moved to the “do it now” category.
That was the rest of my day after the big decision. I did several small things that before that morning maybe could have waited. Now they had to get done by the end of this week. I put myself out there in ways I had not done before. I signed up for things I needed to join, bought things I needed to buy, planned things I needed to plan, got advice I needed to get, and set myself tasks that I will be working on for the next few months.
All of that cost money. All of those things. That’s part of why I’d been procrastinating doing them. They needed to get done at some point, and sooner rather than later. But now that I’ve done them, I’m moving forward. I’m in motion. Once I am in motion, I tend to stay that way. Newton’s First Law doesn’t just apply to physics.
A bonus of this is the fact that I now know that I have the tasks that will get me where I need to go lined up in front of me. I cannot tell you what a big help that is. Part of what stresses me out is not knowing what to do to get where I want to go. This is doubly important, not just because I need to know where I’m going, but also because I have one large task coming up that I’m dreading. That task will also last me the next few months.
Now when I’m working the task that I don’t like, I can think about the steps I will be taking that are important to me. They are laid out like a trail of breadcrumbs, just waiting for me. And if I decide I don’t like where they lead? They’re only breadcrumbs. I can make more bread, make a new trail, and follow that.
This is what I’m talking about when I talk about having power and giving it away. We all have the power of choice, the power to do what we choose to do. The power to choose to take advantage of an offer, or let it pass. The power to choose which direction we want to go, and the power to turn and walk in a new direction if that’s what is best.
Taking the initiative is part of exercising that power. Remember, Newton’s First Law applies to life as well as physics. If you want to move forward, move. Take a deep breath and take that step.
Watch your world change.