Monday, October 29, 2012

Just Do It

dmv waiting room
photo by Brian Holcomb at flickr

No, this is not a Nike commercial.

Sometimes there are things that we know we should get done, but they seem difficult or unpleasant, so we let them linger and hang over our heads until it gets to be too much. I'm here to push you over the edge today and tell you to get it done, whatever it is that you're putting off.

I'll give you an example from my life. I recently (I'm being liberal with my usage here) moved across state lines with a brand spanking new car. I waited a while to switch over my license and registration because 1) I didn't know there was a time limit on these things and 2) I didn't feel like going to the DMV.

Everybody has a bad story about going to the DMV, especially in this state that I'm now living in. So, I put it off and tried not to worry too much. Eventually I realized I had to suck it up and do it, so I journeyed to the DMV where everything was just as horribly unpleasant as I expected it to be. Fast forward a few months and I was still waiting to hear back about my registration and my plates. I was frustrated and I knew I would have to go back to the DMV.

I didn't want to go. I was expecting to have to fight with someone to get what I wanted. I was expecting to have all kinds of problems. Finally, I forced myself to get in the car and go so that the issue wouldn't linger any more and I could get on with my life.

Guess what happened?

There had been a paperwork mix up and I should have been able to get everything straightened out more than a month earlier. If I hadn't shown up, I might never have gotten my registration. Once I showed up at the DMV and explained my situation to them everything went smoothly.

Four hours later, I had new plates, an inspection sticker and a huge load off of my mind.

I felt hugely accomplished by the end of the day. Nothing would have changed if I hadn't made myself show up at the DMV and ask about my paperwork. Sometimes all it takes is a single action to get the ball rolling and from there, you might just find that the task was easier than you expected.

Is there a project weighing on your mind that you're reluctant to start? Why not just do that one thing that you've been putting off?

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