For as long as I can remember I’ve looked at everything around me and just wondered, “How does something like that happen?”
For once, I’m not being sarcastic. It’s just observation. I look around at everything and just wonder. I wonder where the idea came from. I wonder what the person that created it went through to get there and what pushed them to finish it, to pull it all off. That goes for everything. That goes for art, for music, for projects, for jobs, for everything. I look at it all and I think to myself…
The answer is they just do it. They don’t think about it. They don’t tell themselves that they’ll do it tomorrow, or that they’ll start it on Monday. They just do it. This goes for smokers who want to quit. This goes for people who want to start working out. This goes for artists that want to get noticed. This goes for everyone. The only way to do something is to do it and as obvious as that is, it’s something that we never do.
I’m as guilty as anyone. I went to Rowan University for what seemed like (and kind of was) forever. Each and every year that I was there, I told myself that I would do more next year. That I would start my novel, that I would learn photoshop, that I would tour with my band, or that I would start a business. I told myself that I would always start something, that I would always do something, but I didn’t. I just told myself that I would do it tomorrow, or on Monday, or next year.
I always told myself, “Don’t worry. It’ll get done.”
In case you were wondering, it doesn’t. Monday never comes. Next year never comes, and nothing ever gets done. We’re habitual by nature and for that, we stick to our habits. We stick to our routine and what makes us comfortable. We stick to what makes us comfortable because it’s easy. Because we are what we are and overall, that’s not so bad.
But we’re better than that.
You’re better than that.
I’m better than that.
So the next time that you have an idea or want to quit or start something, don’t tell yourself that you’ll do it tomorrow. Don’t tell yourself that you’ll start on Monday, or next year.
Just do it.
Just quit smoking. Just start going to the gym, or running, or writing, or whatever it is that you’ve been telling yourself that you’re going to do.
Just do it and look back in a month, or two months, or in a year and think about how silly you were. Think about all of those days, or months, or years that you spent telling yourself that you would do something and think about how easy it was to get started when you weren’t waiting for something. When you weren’t waiting for tomorrow, or Monday, or New Years. Think about how easy it was to just get started and look back at all of the changes that you’ve made. Look at everything that you’ve done and revel in that. Revel in everything that you do.
Not everything will work out, but you’ll learn. You’ll do something.
And in the end, you’ll never look back and wonder, “How does something like that happen?”