Sometimes the simplest little things can have big impact on our lives. In this series of posts I examine very short sentences (each just three words long) that can make a difference in your life. If you have a three word sentence that changed your life somehow, share it with me and I will share it with the world.
Nike has ridden those three little words to fame and fortune and I used them in Hint 7 of Eleven Hints for Life. So what was the hint – don’t get to the end of life with a bunch of coulda, woulda, shoulda’s on your bucket list; in fact don’t get there with a bucket list; just do it!
If you write those three little words down and post them somewhere where you can see them at the start of each day maybe that will allow you to start each day on the right foot. We all tend to let caution and fears stop us from taking chances in life. Sometimes that is good and prevents us from doing things that would be dangerous. Many times it stops us from doing things that we think could be dangerous that really aren’t. For too many people that leads to a timid life of safe disappointment. Just do it!
If I don’t put out my hand to welcome a stranger have I stayed safe from some unknown consequence or just lost the opportunity to make a friend? If I don’t go to the ball game in downtown Detroit because I’m afraid to go there, have I been prudent or foolishly passed up the opportunity to have a good time. If I don’t raise my hand to volunteer for a good cause, is it because I’m really too busy or just that I’m too afraid to get involved? How much of life do I let pass me by because I am afraid of disappointment or just letting the fear of the unknown rule my life. Just do it!
Have you ever noticed how happy those people seem who just do it, how much fun they’re having that you are not, because you pulled back in fear from some new adventure? You can be happy, too. You can experience new things, have new adventures and make new friends. You just need to free yourself from the chains of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD). Just do it.
Probably the biggest thing that people who are immobilized by FUD have to overcome is their own vivid imaginations. We have an amazing ability to imagine worst case scenarios in life. Every dark alley that we must pass by becomes filled with pimps and muggers. Every long walk from the parking lot to the event venue is a gauntlet full of dangers and hidden threats. Soon the world closes in on us and even the places we used to feel safe are now suspect. Taken to the extreme, some people develop agoraphobia and are trapped like prisoners in their own homes. Don’t let your imagination rule your life – Just do it!
For most of us things don’t get to that point of agoraphobia ; however, we do let prejudices and false information limit us. We just don’t do it, because we feel safer. We try to convince ourselves that it was the prudent thing to do, not to go, not to join the group that is having fun, not to reach out and belong. But those decisions ring hollow. We see that everyone who went made it back and they all seemed to have fun. Dammed, why didn’t I go, too? Just do it!
So, there’s nothing wrong with doing a quick intelligence check on whatever it is that you’ve been invited to do; just don’t let that quick check get bogged down by the baggage of prejudice and fear of the unknown. Don’t do things that are illegal or really stupid (you can watch those things in the Jackass movies). Remember, everything is unknown until you’ve done it once. Just do it!