Since I am just getting started here at Motivating Action, I thought it would be a good idea to come clean before we go any further. In case my first three posts haven’t made it clear, this blog is really my chance to kick my own butt into gear and in doing so, hopefully inspire others to do the same. Up until this point, I have been a clever procrastinator. By my own definition, I leave everything to the last minute and then try really hard to be clever so people don’t notice my procrastination.
The holiday season is no exception. Two years ago, I ordered Christmas cards in early December. They arrived and I set them aside. As they sat on the side of my desk, the holidays came and went and I thought maybe I’d send them out at Valentine’s Day. When February passed, I thought maybe I’d get them out at Easter, but that passed me by as well. Finally, in a fleeting moment of action, I mailed my 2014 Christmas cards with the following message:
Dear Family and Friends, April 22, 2015
Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Easter!
Have a great day! 🙂
Clever – I hoped so!
Last year wasn’t much better. My procrastination wasn’t completely to blame, though, as Snapfish didn’t deliver the cards until December 23rd. Once again, the cards sat and sat. Throughout the year I contemplated when I should mail them and if I should even bother. I never got around to it, so I ordered this year’s cards – for free, I might add, thanks to Snapfish kindly sending a gift certificate in apology for the late delivery the previous year.
Here is the note I included this year:
I sent last year’s card and this year’s card together. Clever – maybe.
So you see, Motivating Action is a way for me to say, “If I can do it, you can do it.” My 2016 Christmas cards have been mailed and delivered. I’m entering 2017 with an empty Christmas card box and a clean desk. I may have been the clever procrastinator up until this point, but just because I was one way yesterday doesn’t mean I have to be that way today.
I invite you along on this journey toward Motivating Action. Who is ready to join me in taking action in 2017?