I know we talk about about rest a lot around here. All of that is true.
And sometimes it is true that we need to take action.
“The Gambler” Approach
You know the Kenny Rogers song, “You got to know when to hold ’em; Know when to fold ’em; Know when to walk away; Know when to run.”
When you know you know.
Take time to get quiet enough to hear that voice in your gut – forget your head. Listen to your gut. It might be telling you….
- To make that doctor appointment.
- Just go walk for 10 minutes, you can quit after that.
- Drinking like this is not healthy.
- Sign up for that class already.
Dealing with Barriers
What is keeping you from getting up and taking action? Are they true or are they just what you are telling yourself? Here are common barriers I hear about.
- Time. While it is true that time is finite, I wonder there are ways to refigure how time is spent to help you free up small amounts. If you scroll social media while watching TV as a way to connect with your partner, could that time be repurposed for a 10 minute walk together? A couple I know grocery shops together as their date night. Reimagine how time is spent.
- Money. If you don’t have money to spend on a class, could you create a list of YouTube videos to learn the same thing? No money for a piano – perhaps a used keyboard is in the budget.
- Ego. OK, no one actually says this out loud, but it is there. “What if I suck at this?” News flash – you will because you will be a beginner. When I recently started knitting, my project was supposed to have 30 rows. When I went back after a week of working on my own, I had 46 rows. I suck at knitting right now, but am getting better with practice.
What if people laugh?
One thing I have learned over the years is that the people who I may hear teasing from are often the people who are afraid to try something themselves. Those are not your people. Your people are the ones that feel the fear and do it anyway.
What have you been on the verge of? What wish is itching to get out? What is keeping you from taking action? Identify a few ways to chip away at that barrier so you can take action this week.