- Christopher Parker
How many times have we said to ourselves, – “I just can’t seem to take that first step.” Or, “It’s so hard to get started.” ? What is it about a beginning, especially if we perceive the task in front of us to be really difficult, or boring or not what we want to be doing? The result is that we get immobilized, frozen in place, put on our procrastination coat and don’t move. We get distracted so easily – how fun it is to be on Facebook and check out what your friends are doing on their vacations, see what is happening in Washington, listen to the latest Entertainment News, watch the View, The Chew, look up a recipe, talk to your co-workers, clean out your desk drawer, and so on?
Before we know it, we’re wondering, gosh, what happened to the day and the List of Things I needed to do?! We are frustrated, stressed and end up beating ourselves up for not getting things done. Fun is over, bill is due. Not a great place to be.
Dr. Wayne Dyer, one of the most incredibly motivating people in the world, talks about how to “Live From the End” in his book “Wishes Fulfilled. Mastering the Art of Manifesting.” He sees, hears and feels that what he wants to accomplish as already done. Not in process, or just in the planning stages, but already done!
The Hopscotch Connection
So this got me thinking about how we even get started and get past being get stuck at the beginning. Remember when you were little and you played hopscotch? You didn’t jump on the first block – you went at least to the second one - and had some fun jumping over the beginning.
Instead of being frozen in place, take the second step first: ask yourself, “What is the second thing you need to do?” How does that feel to you? Act like the first step has already been done and you are suddenly in ‘action’, already on phase two. It has a whole different feeling, right? Now when you jump over the first step, you move along more smoothly, and then you can either go back and quickly do that first thing or skip it all together - be it starting to write your book (hey, you are already on page 2!), coming up with new ways of making more money (ahh- two ideas now), getting out of a bad relationship (the hard part is already behind you). See what I mean? Move along the path, and you are well on your way to realizing your dreams, feeling better, or just plain getting things done.
This way you get to enjoy what you are doing, AND you get out of ‘stuck.’ Action brings joy, success and just such a feeling of - wow - I did it! So go ahead – set your sights, throw out your goal, jump past the first block on your internal hopscotch course, and soon you can reach out and grab that goal you almost stopped yourself from getting. Skipping ahead isn’t really so hard after all!