Hey there! Welcome back. So, how did it go with the first challenge? Were you able to visualize a new beginning beyond the ending you may be facing, or have experienced? Did you give yourself the freedom to dream a bit? To see beyond the awkward transition to the possibilities of a new season?
In case this seems a bit overwhelming, I want to encourage you that you don’t have to take massive leaps to be a part. Every step forward is important, even the little ones. Sometimes, just putting a wish down in writing seems to be a risk. But it may be the necessary step to open doors that are waiting for you down the road. And that’s what we’re aiming for: acknowledging the joy and potential and opportunities still up ahead.
(If you just happened to run across this post and missed Challenge #1, check it out here. I don’t want you to miss any of the good stuff!)Every step forward is important, even the little ones. #whatifchallenge #emptynest Click To Tweet
Now, Challenge #2 — No more procrastination
I used to be the queen of procrastination. As a newspaper journalist, I convinced myself that I worked better under pressure. And true, I was often able to pull out an article in the nick of time when events bumped up against deadlines. But while being able to work under pressure can be an asset, stalling the inevitable is not. Always playing catch-up makes for a lot of unnecessary anxiety.
Unfortunately, procrastination soon became a mindset. A way of approaching life. Long after my newspaper days were done, I’d find myself putting off the simplest tasks. For no particular reason. Instead of doing something in the moment, I’d often pass it up until it had to be done. After a few hard lessons, I learned that it usually takes more energy to carry a task in the back of my mind than to actually do it. (sigh)It usually takes more energy to carry a task in the back of your mind than to just do it. #procrastination Click To Tweet
Thankfully, I learned this lesson so I could teach it to my boys when I saw it creeping into their lives. Because, if we’re honest, procrastination is often a sign we’re not dealing with a deeper issue. Maybe fear or intimidation or perfectionism is now controlling your decisions and schedule. Maybe you’re not lazy, just scared of where a decision may take you.
But What if… that mountain isn’t as high as it looks? What if you’re stronger than you think? What if there’s a reward instead of a punishment waiting for you? And can I say, the reward of accomplishment can be the greatest reward of all. Few things bring joy and motivation like feeling a burden lifted from your shoulders!
Today, consider this:
What if you did that one thing you’ve been putting off?
- Is it a phone call?
- Taking a trip?
- Answering a survey?
- Doing your taxes?
- Researching a topic?
- Cleaning out a closet or garage?
- Giving your notice at work?
- Sharing your dream?
- Asking forgiveness?
- Forgiving another?
- Going for a walk?
- Going out dancing?
The list is endless… What if this one step leads you to the very thing you’ve been longing for? Praying for? Afraid you’d given up, but is now coming back around in a new form?
Obviously, it could be big or small, but whatever you’re not doing is keeping you from what’s on the other side. Give yourself time to think about it. Write it down. Allow the Holy Spirit to unpack this question for you personally. And then take that step. He will give you the strength if you ask.Whatever you're not doing is keeping you from what's on the other side. #whatifchallenge #procrastination Click To Tweet
What are you going to do today?
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