Ah…. getting myself going…an ongoing challenge, at times!
The past few weeks, I’ve been taking care of household “fix-its”…
lots of “unfamiliar” tasks or confusing “choices,”
feeling more than a bit of confusion…
and having a tendency to just stop and avoid all of those “tasks.”
So…once again…reminding myself….
“Certainly I can do this….”
How to find ways to get myself started
when the “task” probably IS realistic and manageable?
Sometimes, it’s soooo hard to get going!
How to give myself a “green light”…
a signal that it’s okay to “go”
A good start,
…a green light…
might be to reassure myself…
“certainly, I can do this…..”
(this= one little, first step)
Sometimes, I 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” seem to function like stoplights…big, bright, red stoplights… for my energy and motivation!
Sometimes, there seem to be pushy, limiting “thoughts”…
simply “thoughts”….”opinions”…not truth…
a few habitual thinking patterns that I may have developed over the years?
Shifting out of limiting thoughts…
and into more affirming, confidence-filled thoughts…
“Certainly I can do this…”
I’ve noticed that when I do “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…this one little thing…
And, of course, any project or undertaking is a series of “one little thing”….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 some momentum going… reassuring myself…
“well, certainly I can do this….”
this one little step
A cheerful reminder, taped up on our cupboard door…
with a few google-eyes attached!
“Well, certainly, I can do THIS…”
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