March 12, 2007.
"The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it."
I'm going to do this.
I'm about to do that.
I'm going to get around to it shortly.
I have every intention of doing it.
I'm planning on doing it.
What do all of these statements have in common? Number 1, there's a whole lot of talking going on about doing something. And number 2, there's not a whole lot of doing taking place.
How many times have you heard these totally worthless phrases being uttered by folks who could have and should have done something, but didn't? Instead of getting the job done and getting on to the next task at hand; too many people casually fling these hollow excuses around like a dealer tossing cards at a poker table.
"The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more."
Let's face it, anytime anyone says they're 'going to do' this or 'about to do' that, they're basically acknowledging what we already know: that they haven't done it and given the choice, they're never going to do it either.
Rather than fess up and admit that they didn't do what they were supposed to do, these loafers feel compelled to blather out a so-called reason for not doing what needs to be done. Their hokey explanation, regardless of how ridiculous it may appear to the outside world, provides justification within to the excuse maker. After all, they keep telling themselves that they were about to get it going. Sure they were.
"Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today."
They could come clean and simply say they have no excuse for not getting the job done, but if there's one thing these people have, it's a boatload of excuses. While they may put things off, drag their feet and procrastinate 'till the cows come home, they're never going to run out of excuses.
Dawdling, deferring and delaying are the name of the procrastinator's game. And they are good at it, very good indeed. If they were as good at just doing whatever needs to be done as they are at hurling excuses helter-skelter, there would be no need for excuses in the first place. But they continue to make excuses - and continue to leave things left undone.
"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Excuses and procrastination go hand in hand. Where you find one, the other is sure to be lurking. After all, nobody really wants to admit that they're some sort of goof-off or slacker. So whenever they're caught red-handed doing what they do best - goofing around or slacking their way through life, they quickly assert they were just about ready to get it going.
We need to get one thing straight right here and now. Nobody gives a hoot about what you're going to do or what you have every intention of accomplishing. NOBODY! People want results, not mealy-mouthed rhetoric. Better stated, people demand results. They want to see what you've done, see what you've accomplished. Anything less than a done deal isn't worth a hill of beans.
"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Getting in the healthy habit of doing whatever you need to do - whenever it needs doing - can take you anywhere you've dreamed of going. Instead of hiding behind a potpourri of excuses, why not grab some NOW POWER and start doing whatever you need to do daily? Instead of allowing even one more day to slip away, why not get your rear in gear and make something super spectacular happen today?
It's easy to fall into the trap of telling people what you're going to do. After all, talk is cheap. But cheap talk never got anyone anywhere they really wanted to go. Instead of yapping and woofing about all the great things you're going to do, blowing all sorts of worthless smoke, why not just get out there and show the world what you're all about?
Actions always have and always will speak louder than words, a whole lot louder. It's time to make sure that your actions do too.
The Bottom Line: If you want to get something done, get started.
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