Topic: Get Started Now!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
The biggest thief of success is procrastination. We can think about doing the right thing, plan to do it, and talk about doing it, but nothing changes in our lives until we start consistently doing what we need to do. Perhaps you have so many bad habits that you feel overwhelmed, and you are not even sure that you want to read the rest of this book. You would like to have change, but you’re not sure you want to change. Someone said, “Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.” Bruce Barton said, “What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.”
Are you willing to sacrifice and do the more difficult thing now in order to enjoy a life of freedom later on? The irony is that we are often unwilling to suffer for a short while just to do what needs to be done; then we end up with continual misery, dread, guilt, and the penalties of having put off something that would have taken a few minutes or a few hours to do.
In other words, by putting off the “pain” of doing something hard, we often spend much more time avoiding it than it would take to just do it.
To me nothing feels better than knowing that I am doing my best, making the best choices I can make, and consistently making progress toward the best life that God has for me.
Being mediocre does not feel good to me, and I doubt that it feels good to you either. You may have gotten used to it and forgotten that there is something better, but this is a wake-up call to arise and be all you can be. The best time to get started is now! We can become very addicted to our little habits and find it difficult to give them up even if they are harming us.
We all have good and bad habits, but Benjamin Franklin said, “Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” Get started right now forming all the good habits you can.
Soon they will outnumber the bad ones, and your value to yourself, your family, your friends and society will increase exponentially.