Sunday, May 20, 2012
Why is it so often that the things we want to do the most are the things we procrastinate the worst? I was lamenting to my friend today over lunch that I've been remiss at losing a few pounds that have found their way to my mid-section. Even though I have small amounts of success eating healthy foods, I know the one thing that needs to be done to get rid of the problem is exercise. I want to do it. I think about doing it. I plan to do it, but I never actually do it.
The same has been true of my writing life. I want to do it. I think about doing it. I desperately need the self therapy of doing it, but I won't put my butt in the chair, pull out the laptop and do it. I'm confused and exasperated by my own actions. I ask myself the same question over and over--why??
Why don't I exercise, why don't I write more, why don't I study my Bible more or get started on that redesign of my blog I've been mulling over? It's not a lack of motivation--I truly want to do them. At first glance the answer is easy. I'm too busy. Isn't that the reason we all have for not doing the things we have good intention of accomplishing? But if I look closer, and with honesty, I know that's not really it.
I believe my procrastination boils down to a much larger problem than busyness. Deep at the root of the problem is not time, but perfectionism. Perfectionism is an illusion to be chased and when it can't be caught, we give up, or worse yet, we never bother to try in the first place.
Don't let perfectionism steal your opportunity to try. Don't let it rob you of the therapy of doing something you love even if you don't get it exactly right. We are imperfect beings and that won't change until the day we see Christ face to face. Don't let that discourage you from the here and now and from doing everything to the Glory of God.
Nike was right...just do it!