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The High Cost of Doing Nothing

I woke up the second day in a row not feeling "quite right". The first day I pressed to get to the gym and did a short workout before going home. The second day, I didn't bother getting up. My head hurt, my stomach was queasy and I just "didn't want to." This was not like me. I did a check: what did I eat the night before (nothing unusual), had I missed any meds (just the vitamins), was it the flu (got the shot last week), was I anxious about anything (long sigh).

The truth is I was anxious about a lot of things and still am as I write this. These are the things I don't want to deal with right now because either they "aren't really important", or because they are so important that the thought of messing them up causes me paralysis. This thought made me stop writing and go get coffee (another delaying tactic of mine).

There is a price to putting off what needs to be done. That price can range from having to work overtime to do what should have already been done, to the ongoing stress of knowing there are undone things in your home, heart and life, to the deathbed realization that you wasted a lifetime because you were afraid to do what was in your hands and heart to do.

If you are sitting, standing or walking in place while big and small matters go undone, here's what we need to do:

  • Make the list

  • Call your sister (brother, mother, father, child)

  • Do the laundry

  • Write the business plan

  • Outline the book

  • Have the conversation

  • End the relationship

  • Pay the bill

  • Buy the flowers

  • Embrace the hard thing

  • Get up and move

The price you pay for standing still could have generational consequences. How much are you willing to pay for the pretense of comfort while you do nothing?

You are loved.

Michele Aikens is an author and Lead Coach of Sepia Prime Communications & Coaching. Connect with her on Twitter @SepiaPrimeWoman.

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