You defer, you delay, you drag your feet. You procrastinate. Perhaps you have a big job to complete and you feel overwhelmed; you're not sure where or how to get started. Or, maybe you have an unpleasant task before you and you would simply rather not deal with it.
Then there are those times when the task you're facing really isn't all that big, nor is it particularly difficult or unpleasant. Nevertheless, you find yourself putting it off day after day.
"Everybody knows that every habit will be improved and strengthened through exercise. In order to be a fit walker, you should walk a lot; in order to be a fast runner, you should run a lot; in order to be a good reader, you should read a lot.
"The same thing happens with the abilities of your soul. If you are constantly angry, you should know that you not only perform evil, but along with this you create an evil habit and you increase your evil." Epictetus, Greek Stoic Philosopher
What "habits of the soul" are you cultivating in your life, through the thoughts and attitudes you engage in most often from day to day?
"It is bad to irritate people by rejecting their customs and traditions, but it is worse to ignore the demands of your conscience and intellect by following the customs of the crowd." Leo Tolstoy
Failure to honour the demands of your conscience leads to a loss of confidence, a loss of self-esteem, and a loss of self-respect. It is far better to ruffle a few feathers around you, than to destroy a core part of your being within you.
Are you feeling dull and uninspired? Do you wish you had a little more spring in your step each day? Setting some new goals is a great way to change things up, and it can leave you feeling fresh and energized. But you need to set the right goals.
That means you don't want a goal that's so big and challenging, it's hard for you to get started on it. You also don't want a goal that's going to be a burden. So if cleaning out the garage sounds like pure drudgery, skip it for now.
Instead, think in terms of mini-goals. You want to set a goal that:
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