Do you hate driving behind someone who is not sure where his or her next turn is?
If you want to find out about how well I take to being behind these people, just ask my wife. She will tell you how impatient I get behind a lost person…which happens quite a lot in a city that has about 20,000 new people moving into it each year.
The truth is, there is a lesson I need to learn. If you were riding in the truck with me, you would see how frustrating this is to me. The truth is, I see my life in other areas doing the same thing.
You see, we all have things that frustrate us, and I know I have issues I need to work on, actions I need to take, and habits I need to break. My mentor, Zig, used to say we are all hypocrites in some area of our life.
Recently, I have been putting off dealing with a renter who has been slowly getting further and further behind in paying his rent. I have been like that driver who is slowing down, unsure, and I was causing a backup in other areas and didn’t see it.
Getting the renter to pay on time was not the problem. Just like me in the car behind the uncertain guy who is slowing down to find his turn, I was now delaying and putting off many more things. When you put off one thing, you start to put off other things.
If you ever notice how cars seem to back up behind a person making a slow turn, take a look at how things back up in your life when you delay making a choice. First it’s the dirty desk, maybe the full trash can. Then it becomes bigger and bigger things.
The start of good habits comes from making that first choice, then taking a step of action to make it a habit. One of the best habits we have created in life: making the bed first thing in the morning after getting up. That will give you a feeling of accomplishment to face your day.
So I’m challenging you each day to make one choice faster; decide and take action. Adjustments are easier once you’re moving.
Have you been putting off a choice lately? Pick something that needs to be done today and take a step of action.