“If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.”

How often have you heard that phrase or some version of it? My guess is quite a few times. It’s a concept that is easy enough to agree with but harder to execute. After all, if it were easy, you wouldn’t be procrastinating.

Maybe I’m just talking to myself but that’s highly doubtful. Lately it feels as if the universe is trying to grab my attention and make one thing crystal clear: I must commit to start doing the work.

In being honest with myself, I can’t sit back and act dumbfounded as to why I have not progressed where I have been wanting to progress. I know I haven’t put in the effort that is needed. I show up for a short time and then get distracted by my mind telling me what I’m doing is too complicated and, oh, how about a nap.

Truth be told, it’s easy for many of us to not do the work because we have made it a habit to make excuses as to why we can’t take the next step. For me, the frustration creeps up when I realize I don’t know if what I’m doing will actually lead anywhere and so I turn to YouTube or Hulu or Netflix to ignore the hard truth: I’m going to have to actually put in the work on my dream… what?!

All the mantras and positive affirmations don’t mean anything if we don’t do the work.

I’m a procrastinator. Maybe you are too. Or maybe you overthink, are hypercritical, or are insecure and play the victim (I think we all can be a little of each). Whatever it is you do, what will be the catalyst that will break these habits and help you become more productive? This is an individual answer for everyone. I can’t answer it for you and neither can anyone but you.

Another common adage is that if you start on the path today, by this time next year you will have accomplished so much. But I would like to add to that because, while true, it needs to be said that between today and 365 days from now you will falter. That’s perfectly fine because failure leads to growth if you don’t give up.

There’s less than 90 days left in this decade. We don’t have time to wait until the new year to make resolutions about taking the action to become who we want to become or accomplish what we want to accomplish.

Know that there will be struggles before you begin so when you do hit that rough patch you will be mentally prepared for it. It’s also beneficial to imagine some of the worse case scenarios and plan accordingly. While you’re at it, imagine the best case scenarios as well.

After all, if it were easy, everybody would be doing it.

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