Ah…. getting oneself going…an ongoing challenge, at times.
Today, I’ve been taking care of household “fix-its”…
the broken pool pump, rust stains on concrete, finding “fix it” people,
signing up for new healthcare policies…
lots of unfamiliar tasks… feeling more than a bit of confusion…
and having a tendency to just stop and avoid all of those “tasks.”
And so…once again…reminding myself….
it’s really not that hard…
“Certainly I can do this….”
How to find ways to get started
when the “task” probably IS realistic and manageable?
Sometimes, it’s soooo hard to get going!
How to give oneself a “green light”…
a signal that it’s okay to “go”
A good start,
…a green light…
might be to reassure oneself…
“certainly, I can do this…..”
(this= one little, first step)
Sometimes, I have a hard time “getting myself going”. I might come up with lots of seemingly “valid reasons” or rationalizations about why I can’t do something or don’t particularly “feel like” or “want to” do something…those “reasons” can function like stoplights…big, bright, red stoplights… for one’s energy and motivation!
Sometimes, there seem to be pushy, limiting “thoughts”…
simply “thoughts”….”opinions”…not truth…
perhaps, habitual thinking patterns that we may have developed over the years?
But to remember and remind ourselves
…they are simply “thoughts”
I’ve noticed, however, that if, or when, I “get myself going,” I often gain some momentum, and then “keep going”….but getting started can be a challenge. So…a simple little statement I say to myself seems to help…. just to think about one tiny, little first step…
“Certainly, I can do this…..”
this first little step
…simply reassuring myself that I can take one very simple little action….maybe as little as putting a few pens back into a drawer….just taking one little “step”…doing “one little thing….”
And, of course, any project or undertaking is a series of “one little things”….one leading to the next, leading to the next….a series of simple little “things…”
a path consisting of many “one little thing’s”…
sometimes once I get going, I get lots and lots accomplished!
It’s a bit like teaching little kids…encouraging a little bit at a time…to just get started…one little action being a “jump start” to get the momentum going… reassuring oneself…
“well, certainly I can do this….”
this one little step
“Certainly, I can do this one little step…”
Previous related posts:
Note: when I was working, I think I may have been powered by busy-ness and adrenalin surges. Now that I’m not working at a “job” anymore, I’m finding that this wonderful calmness I’m feeling lacks that adrenal, “must do this right now” rush…and so I’m having to learn new ways to access energy and motivation amidst more calmness of mind.
And so…a few related posts about this “endeavor.” (whoops…I see that many of these pages/posts were created when I was still teaching, so I guess it’s been a continuing challenge…. live and learn, I guess…a big part of my teaching “job” was to help the kids I taught develop more persistence, so lots of early pages were for “them” )
September, 2012: “Certainly I can do this ONE little thing”
“Uh oh…my get up and go got up and went!”
March, 2013: “Who you gonna call?” finding household fix-it people, phone numbers etc
Thoughts and opinions: “To know the truth, only cease to cherish opinions”
“One step at a time…balanced, steady, calm….patience, persistence, perseverance”
“A Little bit, little bit…a little bit at a time”
Accessing motivation… recognizing and getting past “excuses”
“Advice from the sunflower…stand tall, back straight, chin up, face the sun”
“Bearable…do a little bit at a time”
Various “persistence” posts link: Persistence posts