Last Thursday was a long day for me. I had networking events all day and was gone from 7am to 11pm or so. I came home exhausted and just wanted to sleep. I sat down at my computer and burned some time catching up on emails, facebook and twitter. I knew I needed to work out and at least get a short run in, but I kept putting it off and putting it off. I told myself I would do it in 5 minutes, then another 5 minutes, then another 5 minutes. Pretty soon it was 1am and all I wanted to do was sleep…
So I did….
And I lost an opportunity to get a little better.
What’s worse is what happened next. I started to fall into the habit of inaction.
I started getting used to doing nothing.
For the next 2 days I didn’t do anything to improve in preparation for the triathlon.
Not only that, but my blog slacked. I haven’t posted anything since Friday morning. It’s been 5 days. That’s craptastic.
Now I can come up with all sorts of reasons why I should be excused for this [we were having my best friend’s bachelor party, I was out of town, writing is hard], but when it comes down to it, I can do better than just lame excuses. I can do SOMETHING.
I started this post actually on Sunday, but pushed it off until Monday where I wrote a few words and pushed it off until yesterday, where i pushed it off until last night, until I finally just bit the bullet, sat down and wrote the dang thing.
It’s dangerously scary how easy it is to fall into a pattern of inaction. Once you slack off on your goals the first time, the temptation to slack off the next time is even greater and the more excuses you’re able to come up with for why you should keep slacking off. All it takes is a few days of that and all of a sudden, life is happening to you instead of YOU taking control and dictating what happens in your one and only life. I’m constantly amazed at what I can accomplish with a little focus and determination, but sometimes those elude me, inaction sets in, and before I know it, my life has turned to blah. Inaction is so prevalent and easy to fall into without realizing and it’s a constant struggle for me. The question that constantly arises for me is:
How do you fight inaction?
What are strategies or techniques that you use? What mentality do you adopt? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you have to say!