I have witnessed people play a disappointing game of
“drop and leave” with their goals and dreams.
Have you ever looked at your desk and wondered, “How in the world did it get in this condition?” What with books, papers, empty cups, and last week’s mail, things tend to pile up. Wait, what’s that over there? A half-eaten sandwich? From last week? Oh, my! If not your desk, maybe you see your kitchen counter or the garage.
My mother gets the credit for instilling discipline early in my life. She taught me that it would be easier to keep up—plug away—a little at a time rather than have to play an overwhelming game of catch up. You know, clean up your room each day and you will not be looking at a time-consuming unpleasant chore at the end of the week when you want to be outside playing with your friends. Invest five minutes along the way and save an hour down the road. (Thanks, Mom!)
When we drop and leave now, we can end up with one hell of a mess that just compounds. We eventually have to return later and pick it all up.
I ask that you consider applying the same discipline to your dreams. Last week, this blog proposed when it comes to our goals and dreams what we accomplish rests with us. Don’t beat yourself up if you come up short. Understand why, and just keep making forward movement.
I have seen people, though, end up playing a disappointing game of “drop and leave” with their goals and dreams.
“Oh, I didn’t get to the gym this week—or last week, or the week before—but I’ll get there.” Or, “I know we need to meet with a financial adviser for our retirement plans. But, heck, we got lots of time. We’ll get it done soon enough.”
Last week, I also suggested that you list a personal goal for each of my Five Fs (fitness, family, faith, finances, and function). Did you do it? Or did you say, “I’ll leave it be for now and get to it tomorrow.” Tomorrow becomes next week. Next week turns into next year. And so on.
Great intentions end up in overwhelming piles that we may never get to in a timely fashion, if at all. Are you dropping and leaving until tomorrow?
Whether you call it procrastination, postponing, ignoring, or dropping and leaving, remember today is the tomorrow you created yesterday.
How does it look to you?
Video recommendation for the week:
This short video, while “old,” still packs a powerfully simple message. What do you do or not do about getting your stuff done?
Make it an inspiring week and H.T.R.B. as needed.
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