Tony and I baked pumpkin bread, ate some bangin’ cheese raviollis’, watched 2 episodes of “Fringe”, and called it a night. We did all the usual pre-bed routines and then climbed under our stupidly warm wolf blankets to snuggle and chit chat before falling asleep.
Little did I know, that Tony would encompass the essence of the struggle I’ve been dealing with the past few days, in 9 little words: “You have to be a do-er, not just a thinker.”
I’m a TOTAL THINKER!!!!!! I think and think and think and research, and then think some more!! I have great ideas, I can research all sorts of ideas that are interesting, important, and that I would like to implement in my life. But, when it comes time to “Just do it!”, as our friend Nike would say, I stop.
Usually the thoughts are, “Meh, you can’t do that” or “You’ll just start it and never finish”. And a little part of my brain, and a little pat of my heart, think (ha, lots of thinking happening!!) “Well, you thought of it. That’s good enough.” So I guess I get my satisfaction from thinking and researching. I am process-oriented, so that makes sense. But, I don’t want to just think about all the wonderful ways I could improve my life. I’d like to actually IMPROVE my LIFE.
This morning, I wake up. I make my earl grey tea (yumm) and in my thinking ways, I search for an image for my desktop that would motivate me. I Google search “do-er”. A Facebook page called “BAD – Being A Doer, Inc.” is at the top of the list. I click it and find the image you see above. Reading it was like a loving slap in the face. “A PERSON WHO ACTIVELY DOES THINGS INSTEAD OF JUST THINKING OR TALKING ABOUT THEM”. God damn. They just called me out!!
Now, the hard part. But, the SO important part. What do I do with this information? I’m not trying to change who I am – my thinker ways – but, as with anything, balance is good. So, I want to aim for half thinker and half do-er. Right now, I’d say I’m at…oh god, do I have to admit this?…3/4 thinker and 1/4 do-er. And on top of being more of a do-er, I need to take out the shame I feel for being such a “thinker”. No shame here. We’re all learning together.
So, I’m seeing a t-chart. One half labeled “thinker” and one half labeled “doer”. When I write what I’m thinking of implementing in my life – for example, make less trash by not using plastic bags, plastic containers, etc. – across from that statement would be the action step. Wah. ACTION STEP. I just wrote “ACTION STOP”. Get outta here, Freud! ACTION. STEP.
And obviously, all of this will take time. But, I can’t use the “it takes time” excuse and not do anything.
Oh poop. This is going to take some energy. But, I’m up for it. I’M UP FOR IT!!!