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Just do it...

January 31, 2008 11:02 AM

So we’re still in financing-land as far as the house goes but that’s tolerable at the moment because there’s a lot of other things going on.

In particular a lot of packing and cleaning.

A while ago I gave the advice of “Just Do It.” to someone regarding creative projects. Afterwards I realized that it applies to everything in some fashion.

Now I’m not saying go out and just run around doing things without thinking or planning them out - what I _am_ saying is that too often we seem to become stuck in our lives and need to just start moving to become un-stuck.

The other thing I realized is that I need to start taking my own advice.

Right now I’m stuck. Stuck in quite a few areas.

Stuck on the house purchase. Stuck in the packing arena. Stuck in some thing at the office. Stuck in repairing my truck. Stuck in my creative endeavors. Stuck Stuck Stuck Stuck Stuck.

I need to get moving again. Even as tired and befuddled as I am I need to just start doing things again. Because there are far too many thing that need to get done that I’m not doing.

The problem in my case comes down to apathy. When I get home I am so tired from the added stuff going on at the office that I don’t want to do anything. And because I don’t want to do anything I tend to just sit there. And because I just sit there nothing gets done. And because nothing gets done my stress increases. And because my stress increases I don’t get things done at work. (Cue giant hamster on a wheel here...)

I’ve spent a good portion of my life on that hamster wheel...

The problem is that when you’re stuck you not only have your own inertia to overcome but you tend to get things stuck to you that add to that inertia. The longer you’re stuck the more gets stuck to you. The more things stuck the harder it is to get moving.

And that’s what some people fear - myself included on some level. They fear getting so many things stuck to them that they will never get moving again.

I can tell you from experience that there’s a real danger of that happening in life.

The problem I have is that I don’t mind having things stuck to me as long as I’m moving forward and have the strength to keep moving. So by my personal nature is to not be concerned when things get stuck to me and to just keep moving. Unfortunately this created the two obvious problems.

1) I get far too many things stuck to me.

2) Each time I stop moving it takes a longer and longer time to get moving again.

So how the hell do you get un-stuck? Or more to the point how do you remove things so you can start moving again?

I truly don’t know because when you get a certain amount of things stuck to you there is bound to be something that covers your eyes.

I suppose there are really only two ways to get rid of things stuck to you.

The first would be to evaluate each item and see if you can handle or discard it. That takes time but is the soundest way.

The second would be to start discarding things wholesale until you can see again. That works but you’re bound to get rid of something important to you.

Frankly I’d love to do a wholesale discard of all the things stuck to me but I’m too damn responsible when it comes down to it.

So that only leaves me the first option. Unfortunately the universe is not giving me the luxury of time.

So what that means is I have to be faster in my evaluations. I need to decide in a very short amount of time if I want something or not. Keep or discard.

Unfortunately some decisions can not be made in such a short period of time. Some things just take a long period of time to deal with.

And unfortunately for me those are also often the heaviest things of all...

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