Friday Fuel – Taking Action

It’s almost the weekend! Today, I’m just going to jump right in. When was the last time you took action? When was the last time that you acted immediately without hesitation? Today’s society makes it so easy to put things off. Think about it. There are so many distractions around us…our phone, email, TV, food, etc. It’s a wonder we get anything done in the first place. I think I speak for 99.9% of the population when I say that I am guilty of procrastinating, but why is this a bad thing? Why does it matter when I get it done, as long as I get it done? Well my friends, here’s an example…

Today I was at Catholic Bull’s night, and we were having a Bible study. One line from the Gospel really spoke to me, and it was “He [Jesus] said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But he [the man] replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’” (Luke 9:59). “First let me go and bury my father”…seems like a viable excuse to tell Jesus to hold on for a second, right? But, what exactly is this man doing? He’s procrastinating. He is putting off following the Lord. I think this is because he either feels another task is more important, or he knows following Jesus is a big commitment that he is not ready for. So, he’s going to go bury his dad instead and deal with the Jesus situation later. Now, you don’t have to be Catholic or religious to make this verse applicable to your life because everyone is guilty of the underlying message. If you’re a student, you’ve probably put off studying for a test to go out with friends or have done other homework because it’s easier than the lab report you need to write. If you’re an adult, you’ve probably put off writing a report because you had to check your email or go ask a colleague a question. Everyone procrastinates, but ultimately, the task gets completed. So, what’s the harm in it?

Well, you might be holding yourself back. In the case of the Gospel reading, I bet if the man had said yes to Jesus first, he’d be one step closer to God than he was before. Yes, he would have made that step eventually, but how many days, weeks or, months later? During the time it took him to make that one small step, he could have already been on a long journey with Jesus. Think about how much more studying you could have gotten done before your test if you would have just taken action initially.

Not only will taking action give you more time, but I guarantee you will be more focused as well. The fact of the matter is that when we procrastinate, that “thing” is always weighing on our mind. No matter what you’re doing, I bet it will pop into your head at one point or another, which will take away from whatever moment you’re in. Now, I’m not saying that you should spend every moment of every day trying to get super ahead, I’m simply stating that it might benefit you to get tasks done sooner rather than later. You’ll probably find yourself being able to be completely present in moments rather than just physically present. I bet you’ll get more joy out of that event, too. Heck, you might even find yourself noticing new details and experiencing new emotions in same tasks you perform every day.

So, how do you get started? It’s simple. When you have a big project or exam coming up, focus on that first. Accomplish it, so you can free your mind and still give attention to the smaller tasks you have. For me, I will be reading my daily readings right when they pop up on my phone, rather than putting them off. This way, I know I’ll be able to give my full attention to them and apply their lessons to my day. Remember, every step taken is one step further in the race of life.

Take Aways:

  • Instead of procrastinating, try accomplishing that task as soon as possible in order to free your mind.
  • The sooner you complete the big things, the more attention you’ll be able to give to the smaller ones.
  • Taking action will allow you to be more present and focused in every aspect of your life.

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