Do it now!

To some extent, the accomplishments, successes, and achievements we enjoy in life, are the results of what we do (and don’t do).  We all know the importance of TAKING ACTIONS.  There is definitely no shortage of wise sayings on that and here are some of my favourites:

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. ~ John F. Kennedy

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. ~ Mark Twain

Action is the foundational key to all success. ~ Pablo Picasso

With all these wisdom readily accessible, why do we still fall victim to INACTION and settle for the less-than-desirable results from the lack of actions?  Why do we not do what we know we ought to do in order to get what we want? Why do we sit on good intentions or wishful thinking, and not do anything about them?

For me, the number one culprit is neither ignorance nor fear.  Ignorance is easily overcome through learning, and fear through understanding.  The real culprit is  PROCRASTINATION – a habit that most people possess.

Procrastination can often lead to loss of opportunities, regrets from not taking timely actions, missed deadlines, last minute rush, broken promises, etc.  The results are mostly undesirable. When it comes to taking care of our health, procrastination may also cost us our lives!

Now, the good news is, procrastination isn’t incurable.  One simple remedy is to DO IT NOW! Yes, do it right now, especially if it takes no longer than 5 minutes to carry it out. Often, it consumes more energy to manage the procrastinated tasks on an ever-growing to-do list than simply to just do it. Get it done, and feel the sense of accomplishment that completion brings you – it’s a nice feeling, no matter how small or insignificant the task may be.

Of course, there are times when it is wise to procrastinate (or eliminate if possible). If you really need to procrastinate, make sure you put a specific time to deal with that later, and not just defer it indefinitely.  Son, try this out, and experience the fruits of your labour from choosing to take actions instead of inaction.  And if you catch me procrastinating, remind me to DO IT NOW.

Love,

Your Procrastinate-no-more Dad

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Celebrate the Past, Create the Future

2 more weeks to 2012, and I’m feeling incredibly reflective, as I always do at this time of the year. My mind flips intermittently between looking back to the wonderful events in 2011, and gazing at the future to imagine how the new year shall unfold.

I am truly grateful for a wonderful year – possibly one of the best in recent years.  Spiritually, I took a huge plunge … as you boys witnessed my baptism at the church of St. Mary of the Angels during Easter. Physically, I completed my first half-marathon (and exceeded my original goal of running just 10 km by 100%). Professionally, I became a member of two global firms (Bridge Partnership and Coach in a Box) with an unusual degree of soulfulness and humanness in their approach to doing business.  On the family front, your mother and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary … and I am glad that we managed to spend our Friday evenings learning Aikido together throughout the year.

2011 has been truly spectacular. I thank God for all these blessings, and pray for more good years ahead for all of us.

What about you? How has 2011 been for you? What are you grateful for? Spare some thought on these questions, and jot them down.

What came to mind also, are some thoughts about the future.  I think of the personal changes I wish to make, new goals I set out to achieve, new things I wish to learn, new adventures and experiences we would share as a family … I encourage you to envision what you wish to create, have, and experience in 2012 as well.

Can’t wait to hear from you. When you get back from your vacation, let’s celebrate the past together and share about the future we wish to create in 2012!

Love,

Your Reflective Dad