The Art of Continuing

I have written about the ‘Art of Finishing‘ before and I was thinking about it a few days ago, when I realized I have had ‘Learn Spanish’ on my to-do list for the past six years. I did join the course a few years ago, but then I faltered, I got scared, I hated making a fool of myself in front of others, and I stopped.

I never went back to it, until this year, when circumstances dictated that I be brave, and take Spanish no matter the obstacles.

Procrastinating is a big thing for most of us. We do not begin what we are supposed to be doing.

We procrastinate, we dilly-dally, we fiddle-faddle, we will do anything we can to not think of what the to-do list.

But a lot of times we do begin. We start something. We are starters, we have big ideas, we can do anything we put our minds to, we rah-rah until the cows come home, we are our best motivators. But after a few days of no result, we falter again. We don’t know if we are supposed to be even doing this.

We don’t think we are any good.

We don’t want to waste our time, throwing good money after bad. It might be with a diet, or an exercise regime, or a blog, or a language course, or anything else you can think of.
When you do get feelings of despair in such a case, stop, breathe, and continue.

Just continue on, doing whatever you are doing, do it badly, do it in the worse way possible, don’t over-analyze it, don’t perfect it, just do it.

And keep on doing it, taking it one day at a time.

Just forget about the end-result, forget about why you are doing it in the first place, forget about everything else, just keep on going.

Consistently, every day, little by little, do it. Do it one day, and then forget about it. Do it the next day and then be done with it. Eventually, it will have been a month that you’ve been at it, and then six months, and then, a year, and you’ll either be an expert at it, or you’ll realize you’ve gotten what you wanted from the task, and you’ll let it go, peacefully, without guilt, without procastinator’s hangover, without anything lingering behind.
Consistently, slowly, surely.

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