Carry on Moving
Carry On Moving
Have you ever noticed that the longer you put off a task you should do?
The more difficult it is to get started?
Ironically, we add to our frustration and unhappiness we could so clearly avoid. The newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane once wrote, “Don’t exaggerate your own importance, your own size, or your own miseries. You are an ant in a human anthill. Be a working ant, not a ridiculous insect pitying yourself!” Strong language maybe, and yet, it makes sense for us. A person carrying a heavy weight is all right as long as he keeps going The minute he stops, puts the weight down, and sits down to rest, the weight seems to become heavier, the distance still to be travelled greater, and the work just that much more unpleasant.
Begin at the beginning
It can seem at times that things have piled up so high there’s just no way of digging out, and yet there is a way. Pick the task that is most crucial and simply begin, “Swallow that frog” tackle the most urgent early in your day and the rest will appear easier and things will proceed more smoothly with less stress and anguish.
Just by plunging in you will feel better and you will find that the water is not nearly as cold as you thought it would be. Keep at it, and before long the pile of things that seemed so overwhelming will be behind you, completed. This may also be the time for you to evaluate what keeps you so busy, is it merely a habit of procrastinating, or can you delegate, maybe unsubscribe from some e-mail senders whose information or input you no longer need and also to check if some of your social media responses are goal achieving or merely an activity that needs to be curtailed.
Take one step, then another
It’s not always the work that overwhelms us, it’s thinking about how difficult it is going to be. Putting it off and hoping that somehow, through some miracle, it will disappear. The Chinese have a saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. And that step accomplishes two things. First, it shortens the distance we still have to travel. Secondly, and just as important, it instils hope and strengthens our faith. If a person will only keep putting one foot in front of the other, he will eventually reach his destination. In life you have to start somewhere, go somewhere and end somewhere. Jim Rohn put it well when he said “You have to be before you can do, you have to do before you can have”.
Think back in your past, how content you felt after completing a difficult task or faced up to a responsibility you were worried about and the joy of having done a good job, that sense of achievement. And maybe you smile to yourself when you remember how worried or concerned you were at the beginning of the task. Work never killed anyone, It’s worry that does the damage, and the worry would disappear if we would just settle down and do the work.
An American president said “All growth depends on activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse, it is a prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood and the measure of civilization.”
So then, in summary. It never hurts to do a little something extra just for the lavishing’s sake. Elbert Hubbard put it this way, “People who never do any more they’re paid to do are never paid for any more than they do.” Payment comes in many forms, and always in exact proportion to what we do.
Heaven never helps the one who will not act Sophocles
Enjoy your work with an attitude of gratitude for being employed