Friday, February 26, 2010

Starting again....

I think I am most famous among my friends for these words; "I will start on Monday for sure!" or "Monday, Monday is the day!".    Can you say procrastinator?   In my earlier post I mentioned the book I am reading, The Richest Man In Babylon, and it talks about how procrastination can take away opportunity.

I am in a world of hurt.

The problem for me is, there is always another Monday!  It just keeps coming again and again and again.  It never stops.  Thus my procrastinating heart never changes.

How many times have I started to eat right on a Monday?  Running on a Monday?  Keeping my house clean on a Monday?  Writing my book on a Monday?  Insert almost anything here on a Monday?


I am announcing to you now that today, which is not Monday, I am starting again!  Today it will be 3 simple things.  I will commit to writing for one hour.  (If it goes well I will continue.)  I will also commit to running today.  And finally, I will eat better today.

Notice I said today.  Tomorrow I will say today again.    Perhaps that will be my new mantra.  Today I will....(insert).

While reading the book I thought about what some of my lost opportunities have been.  

Here are some possibilities:  

Time: Being able to find something in my house right away because it is where it should be.  
Weight: Had I really focused on each day rather than wait until Monday I would probably be happier with where I am at and I would be able to wear the things that are in my closet.  
Strength and Endurance: By putting off my running I am losing the opportunity to feel strong.  
Writing:  I could have finished my novel by now.  

I could keep going on but I won't.  I am not going to be hard on myself.  I am going to think positively and accomplish the things today that I know I can.

The book taught me that the person who does not procrastinate learns to seize a good opportunity when it comes along, and good opportunity will bring with it more opportunity.

I am still reading the book, and I do suggest it very highly!


  1. Nice idea to start fresh everyday. It seems to put things in a good perspective, in smaller steps instead of one huge goal. Smaller steps are always more manageable, and move us along just the same!

  2. I like the idea of starting fresh every day. I have a lot of "Today I will..."s too.

    Thank you so much for visiting my Roll a Week project. I agree you can definitely tell the difference with film and digital.