Put It Off

What is that one thing you have wanted to do for years but for whatever reason have not yet done?

Almost everyone has at least one task they want to accomplish, skill they want to learn, or destination they want to visit. Typically it is something they have talked about doing for years and might have even taken steps toward, but they have never put forth all the effort necessary to make it a reality. What is that in your life? More importantly, why have you not done it?

Most people have plenty of time to reach their goals. The problem is the fact they have never prioritized their lives. The phrase, "I will get to it later," has become far too prevalent in our world. As a result it restricts us from achieving the things we have a yearning to accomplish.

If you look back over the past months, years, or decades, most likely you can point out time in which you could have achieved your desired result. The problem typically isn't lack of time but rather lack of prioritizing due to procrastination. It's time to stop procrastinating and start doing.

Personally, that one skill I have wanted to learn for years but never accomplished is the ability to speak Spanish. Over the years I have made weak attempts at learning the language, but my attitude was generally more hopeful than realistic. Somehow I expected to be able to speak the language without any problems by simply looking a few books, using a computer program, or sitting in Spanish class. Needless to say, none of these attempts have worked because I was not willing to put forth the required time and effort to effectively reach my goal.

Know what you want to achieve and what it will take in order to make it a reality. If you do not think your goal is worth the time and effort required to make it a reality, then do not do it. It is as simple as that. As with anything in life, gaining something means giving up another. In order to add a skill, you must put forth the time necessary to learn it.

Goals must be attainable or the pursuit of them will be nothing more than an exercise in futility. Make sure your goals are reasonable. That does not mean you must set low goals just so you can check them off the list, but rather do not set goals that are completely unrealistic. Those will only lead to frustration and a discouraged attitude. Set high goals and then do what it takes to make them a reality. Challenge yourself as often as possible so that you continue to grow as a person.

My procrastination stops now. Instead of just talking about and hoping to learn Spanish, I am doing it. For the next 7 weeks I will be living in Antigua, Guatemala living with a local family and attending La Union Spanish School. I do not know how much I will learn in this amount of time, but I know it will at least give me a strong foundation from which I can progress on my own after my time here is done.

Quit talking about your goals and make them a reality. All of your hard work will be more than worth it in the end.

Bryan Clifton

Oklahoma City, OK