Two Simple Letters

August 23, 2011

There is one word in the English language that most people take for granted.  It is such a small word, and yet it means so much.  It has two simple letters, and is an inspiration to many.  That word is”DO.”  Those two simple letters should tell you to get going and get things done.  But because that word is so small, it is often overlooked.  It is said millions of times a day, but no one really thinks of its meaning.  There are a lot of them, but only one that you need to concentrate on.  That definition is “to perform or execute.”

When you get out of bed each day, do you have a list of the things you want to accomplish that day?  Or do you just “wing it” and get done what comes up at the moment?  It is important for you to know what needs to be done and then “DO” it.  Write your to-do list each day before you go to bed, and when you get up the next day, dive it and get it done.  Procrastination accounts for many of the things that people never accomplish in their lives, leaving them regretful of those missed experiences.

You have to stop those unconscious excuses that prevent from getting to the point of “DO.”  For example, just shoving papers around on your desk does not mean you don’t have the time to get that report done before it is due, and one luncheon meeting does not mean that you don’t have the time to solve other problems in the office.  Just “DO” them and get them out of the way in order to meet other goals in your life.  Remember that great vacation you planned last year?  You didn’t take it because you either “didn’t have the time” or you “didn’t have the money.”  But you have to ask yourself why you didn’t have either of those things.

It is because you have that “I can’t” mentality that a lot of people get when they hit a comfort zone.  They refuse to cross that line that lets them do something new and experience more in life.  You have to step over that line.  Let others show you some of the experiences you are missing while you shuffle your papers or find excuses for not going to the employee picnic.  Find your own big “DO” and get it done.

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