I am not good at creating websites — even my own. So buckling down to map the layout, approve design, write the content, create tips and tools, and then edit the whole thing is not my idea of a fun day. My stomach felt queasy, a slight headache gripped my temples, and all I wanted to do was lay down. But dragging out my own misery didn’t sound so hot either.
I forced myself to sit still and focus on the task at hand. It took about half the time I assumed it would, and then I emailed the initial information to my web developer. Implementing the data took a few more weeks, because of technical delays.
My biggest nemesis during the process was a temptation to shortcut — especially when I came home from a long work day. But finally, with periodic emails back and forth, a few edits here, and a few tweaks there, the pieces fell into place.
When I calculated the actual time investment, it surprised me to find it took a lot less than I imagined. And that’s the ongoing battle when facing any project I’m uncomfortable with. My mind tries to trick me into believing I can’t do it, or I don’t have enough time, or one of a myriad of other negative reasons I should avoid the situation all together.
My emotions lie to me. And if I listened to them, I’d never face anything difficult. I’d also miss out on the amazing feeling of accomplishment when I overcome discomfort and do what I don’t feel like doing. The harder the task, the more excited I feel when it’s finished.
This is one of the secrets to succeeding at anything. Whether it’s writing a book, following a budget, or obeying my boss’s instructions at work, acting in spite of my feelings puts me in a small percentage of people who are more than hearers, more than talkers, but doers. There’s nothing like the high, when you get ‘er done.
What don’t you like, but feel great about finishing?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
James 1:22 (NIV)
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.