Others have said the same thing in different ways. "Just do it," says Nike. Catchy, but it doesn't motivate me. This time, though, a word picture was painted in my mind and it won't go away. The picture is that of a farmer's field, rows plowed evenly and crops planted neatly in a pattern no doubt designed with a plan in mind, a rhyme and reason that might have taken years of experience for the farmer to understand.
But the point is, the field is plowed. No matter how much planning went into it, how much sharpening of the plow or oiling of the tractor, the farmer had taken action. He had to get out there and plow that field. All of the planning would have meant nothing if not followed by action.
I'm a planner by habit. I can make lists and set goals from sunup to sunset and beyond, but when it comes time to act, sometimes I'm a bit slow on the draw. Procrastination is my enemy, but too often it's my best friend.
Now, thanks to that light bulb moment, when my goals are set and the planning is done, I remember the picture of that perfectly plowed field. I stop procrastinating, and I act.
What do you think? Do you have trouble avoiding procrastination? Is this a quote or a word picture that would motivate you to act? I'd love your input on the subject. Your comments are more than welcome.
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