“You know the night time darling, is the right time . . .” – Ray Charles
It’s night time, you’ve finished straightening up the living room and the kitchen, and you’re walking to take that night time shower and you’re thinking about the day. What got done? What didn’t get done? Most of us will do a slight mental beating to ourselves over what didn’t get done and then we start to heal with some resolve of what we will do differently tomorrow. . .
. . . I’m waking up early, working out, cleaning the bathroom, eating healthier, __________, making those phone calls, doing one thing towards my goal(s), etc., and tomorrow it begins.
So, you’re off to bed now feeling inspired and you sleep well. The clock goes off early as set and there’s a small moment here for a big decision. To get up or not to get up. You begin negotiations: I didn’t really sleep that well, 5 more minutes won’t ruin the day, why am I getting up early again . . .
And if the negotiations aren’t about your wake up time, it may be about something else. All of these negotiations have one goal: keep you from your decision of last night.
It’s easy to plan, say and/or think, than it is to do. At night, hindsight is 20/20. We see the moments where we could have been more proactive, more brave, etc., and we remedy those missed moments with plans to do better. But then we’re faced with moments in the present and we struggle to do. We half heartedly commit to the new life style of eating healthier or working out, because in the back of our mind lurking is the whisper of “it’s not going to work.”
“Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied.” – Dwayne Johnson
When we’re sure and committed, negotiations are not allowed. We have set our mind and we are marching forward.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too.” – William Hutchinson Murray
“After all is said and done, more is said than done.” – Aesop
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.” – Psalm 37:5
“Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” – Proverbs 12:24
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk only leads to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.” – Isaiah 48:17
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, . . .” – Philippians 3:13
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11