It was late at night, and I was flipping through my top stories on Zite when I stumbled upon a blog post that gave me pause. The blogger, a woman, talked about how she used the phrase “start now” as inspiration to achieve big things in 2012. I really wish I had thought to bookmark or email myself a link to that post because I can’t remember who wrote it, and I would love to reference it again. (If this sounds familiar to anybody, please share the link!)
Immediately, I felt a connection to those words. I am a chronic procrastinator, and I put things off for a variety of reasons. I wait to make decisions both big and small because I’m afraid of making the wrong choice. Uncertainty frightens me. I sit on work-related and self-improvement plans because I’m waiting for the right time, the perfect moment to make a move. I wait for special occasions to wear new clothing; garments hang unworn in my closet with their tags still attached. I wait and wait because I’m tired. Lazy.
I can’t keep waiting. The perfect time/moment/occasion might never occur. If I don’t consciously make the decision to close my eyes and leap, I’ll be standing in the same spot forever. And that scares the crap out of me. I’ll be 33 this year; I don’t want to continue feeling like I’m growing older and not accomplishing anything.
So my theme for 2013 is start now. Kind of like “Just Do It!” I suppose, but more immediate. Purposeful. It will be my personal mantra, my battle cry, extending over all aspects of my life. It doesn’t have to be perfect — it just has to happen.
I want to hear from you. What do you really want to achieve this year?
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