I loved my Grandma.
I was there when she woke up from surgery. Both legs amputated from above the knees. Poor diet and a lack of exercise led to diabetes. She always wanted to exercise.
She didn't survive it.
She was old. It was too late. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.
I know a landscaper. She she starts each day by putting her hands in the dirt and rubbing them together. As soon as her hands are dirty she smears dirt on her clothes.
She told me: “As soon as you get dirty it’s easy to get to work”.
Sometimes I run.
If I go a few days without running my legs feel like led. I know if I start I’ll get through it. If I get through it I’ll feel better. I’ve found the trick is to not think about it too much. Like Nike - “just do it”.
I don’t have to go very far. Even just a few minutes. A few minutes of running brings running back into my life. I like having running part of my life. I would hate to lose it.
There are people in my life who are important that live far away. I don’t see them very much so my habit is to call them every couple of weeks and talk.
If I go longer than a few weeks it gets harder and harder to call. We have less to talk about the more time passes. I can feel them slipping away.
It's like i'm holding on to them as they dangle off the edge of a cliff. Don’t let go. If I let go they won’t be a part of my life anymore. I’ve got to be disciplined to hold on.
All I have to do is pick up the phone. Call them. Tell them I love them.
Getting started is the hardest part. I always feel better after I do.
What have you been putting off? Whatever it is just get started.
Getting started is more important than finishing. If you don’t start you are never in the game. If you’re not in the game you don’t know if you would have scored or not. Get in the game.
Don’t commit to finishing. You never know; anything could happen to stop you.
But if you don’t start you’ll never know.
The game of life is like stepping up to a plate in baseball. You can forgive yourself if you swing hard and strike out. But you’ll never forgive yourself if you stand there and watch all the balls go by. You’ve gotta take your swings.
But life is better than baseball. In baseball you only get three swings. In life you get UNLIMITED swings. Every time you start something that matters you’re taking another swing.
When you put things off you’re letting balls whizz by.
Don’t call your mom. WHIZZ - Eventually she’ll be gone.
Don’t buy that gift for your wife - WHIZZ - You might not get another chance. You might wonder whatever happened to the romance you used to have.
Don’t tell you son you love him. WHIZZ - There will come a day when you'll wish you’d said it more.
Don’t start exercising and eating right. - WHIZZ - Spend time at the dojo, running, or at the gym. Otherwise you’ll have to spend time with the Doctor.
I know. It’s hard to start.
But it’s also hard to NOT start. When you put things off you don’t realize you are making a decision. Procrastination is a decision. When you procrastinate you are saying NO.
People procrastinate because saying yes might hurt. Saying no might hurt too. So they try not to think about it.
But time always decides for you. Time always gives the same answer. Time always says NO.
I like my legs.
That's why I'm going for a run now.