By JESSLYN LAI
Have you thought about trying something new but haven’t gotten to it yet? When was the last time you delayed doing something that its priority becomes constantly pushed back? How many times have you felt a prompting within but did not do anything about it?
It might not be all about procrastination.
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The lack of resources, knowledge, skills and opportunities are some real reasons why we keep some ideas and desires in the icebox. If they are kept aside for too long, they become as seeds that are not planted. They have so much potential, but are not harvested at their current states.
We may not have all that we need at the moment, but don’t throw these seeds away just yet. Instead, write down these ideas and desires, even if we don’t know how to make it happen.
Slowly but surely, we can move towards our goals when we make it a point to take little initiatives. There will be obstacles along the way, and there is always opportunity for creativity and ways to overcome things we cannot change, when we are willing to press on.
An ending must have a beginning
One morning as I was creating an event in my calendar, I accidentally entered an end date that was supposed to be in the next month, and a pop-up window alerted me with this message: “Sorry, you cannot create an event that ends before it starts.”
I smiled to myself while thinking that it’s so real how our doubts and circumstances can kill something before it even happens. If prolonged, we go into a circle of unfulfilled possibilities.
In reality, it happens, but take courage!
A stir in our hearts
Something deep inside of us knows things that we cannot reason – the desire, the vision, the passion, the will. We are innately created that way.
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By nature, we have preferences and interests that we want to pursue. But these things are often buried and it takes circumstances that would stir them up to do something about it. An immediate need, an inspiration, an event, or a call that hits right through the heart and say: “Let’s do this.” Suddenly, we’re able to make it a priority and we feel that maybe, we can do it after all.
Yes, there will be other urgent things that occupy our schedules. We will constantly give priority to the urgent needs in front of us. However, we must also be aware of how much time we end up spending on such urgent tasks.
When we look back a year later, will they still matter? How can we minimise the time and effort needed to complete those tasks so that we can do what’s more subtle but important to us? Can we find a way to increase efficiency in the best way possible?
But first, we need to slow down, stop, and think before we accelerate again. It doesn’t have to be a getaway or a holiday, as even micro steps like being still for five minutes to reflect on the bigger picture can bring us back into perspective.
It starts with one tiny step
Recently, I’ve been inspired and encouraged by a few friends who picked up their interest in art again. For many, art may not be a priority at all, which is one of the reasons why it is easily shelved and forgotten.
But they did the smallest and most important thing – get started. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it might not always turn out the best, but it is better to have started something than not doing anything at all.
All it takes is just a little step of courage, and it gets us into motion. Once we’ve gotten to the flow of it, most likely we’ll want to continue on. Sometimes, we just need a little push to get things moving, and it can be encouraging when we walk with one another.
Bringing possibilities into reality
Here’s an advice. If you really want to do something, put yourself in a situation that would stir up that desire in you. Your instincts will do the rest. The road ahead may not be easy, but it will be rewarding.