Nike's slogan, Just Do It, goes far beyond the athletic field. It really can serve as a mantra for a successful life.
But in order to turn “Just do it” into a mission statement for living wisely, it's important to get off the couch, take a hard look at your life and fix what's broken – without beating yourself up about what might have been.
So wrap up your reading, grab a piece of paper to take down some notes and get ready to make some changes. It's time for your new life, and that time starts NOW.
Take a cue from their actions, and forget the regret, opening the doors to a different, brighter future.
Assess your needs
Take time to think hard about what it really is you want to accomplish in your life, and look at what you're doing that will make that possible. Also think about the things you may be doing right now that are holding you back.
Erase the things that prevent your dreams from seeing fruition, like the after-work drink that turns into ten and prevents you from being on top of your game the next day, and focus on what works.
Ask yourself this question every day. What is one thing I can do right now that will guarantee I have a great day? What is one thing I can stop doing right now that almost certainly guarantees a bad one.
Surround yourself with greatness
Make sure that the people you are hanging out with are people you admire, people who are living a life that you want for yourself. The close proximity to success is a great way to make it part of your own world. They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
The time is now
There's never the perfect time for taking action. If you wait around for perfect conditions – when I lose weight I'll do it, when the economy looks better I'll try to branch out – that day will likely never come.
Try to look at today's conditions as right, no matter what they are, and work with what you've been given. You always have the greatest resource available to you. That resource being choice. You choose to take action or not.
Break it down
If a task seems completely unmanageable, break it down into smaller parts.
If you want to write a book, but the idea of it is so overwhelming you can't seem to get started, it pays to start small. Write a page a day, and within a year, you will have written 365 pages, bringing you that much closer to your goal.
No place for procrastination
Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Taking charge now will not only leave tomorrow free for tackling some other project, but will also erase the guilt you feel when you do procrastinate.
Just take a deep breath, grab the paperwork, and do it. Write the first page, sign up for the gym membership or send out aresume to the firm where you've always wanted to work. You can't get the job if they don't know who you are.
Focus on the essentials, and let the other things wait
Sure, you'd like to volunteer, plant a garden, get a degree, and take a vacation. Eventually, you will do all those things. But in the hectic, stress-filled now, choose the most important and most pressing of your goals, and weed out those things that can wait.
Don't be afraid to say no to the one-acre garden plot and plant a container garden or a few pots of herbs instead. Take a single class as you aim for a degree and plan a weekend away to Vegas with your partner or some friends, making it a temporary stand-in for that backpacking trip across Europe.
What are some goals you want to accomplish? What's on your bucket list? What is holding you back? Share them in the comments below.