The wand goes on the hip.
“Increase your productivity, then the motivation will follow. We are always trying to gt ourselves to find a better or more efficient way to do things instead of getting ourselves excited to DO better. But when we actually DO better, we get excited and the cycle continues.”
– 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith
Sometimes, I try to arrange the perfect situation to get started on anything. What this means is that I don’t get started at all. But maybe, tomorrow, next week, next month, I’ll get around to _________.
The truth is, most things I actually did today, yesterday, last month, last year… I wasn’t perfect at the start. I figured it out along the way. I got better. I got results. That was motivating so I worked harder, stayed consistent, improved. Low and behold some time later, I had what I originally wanted.
So this weekend, I opened the Zumba Wii workout game I received for Christmas. I did the easy dance first, of course. I didn’t see to many flashing lights like on other dance games so I worked even harder to hit all the moves. Then I saw the stats from the first song. What?!?! 2% on technique?
I looked at the directions. Turns out the wand goes on the hip, not in my hand. Whew… thought I had lost my groove. Second song… laser lights, fireworks, “hot” from instructors on screen and 67% technique. That’s more like it. So motivated I went on to a third song.
Get started. Do. Improve after you start. Don’t wait for perfection. The future you will say thanks.