Watch Out For That Train

I can not begin to tell you how many times I have found myself heading in the right direction, coming up with the right idea, the right plan of action, the perfect fit for what it was I was going to be doing.

I even wrote down these ideas, came up with goals, had a rough idea of what the steps would be along the way, what it would mean once reaching a given step on the journey and had them taped to every surface I would come in contact with on a given day to be sure I would see them.

And yup, there they were. On the bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, front door, back door, pantry, computer monitor, desk drawers, underwear drawer, washing machine, hair dryer, television screen, pool table, radio, CD player, dog's water dish, oven door, coffee table, humming bird feeder, lawn mower, steering wheel, trunk, visor mirror, gas can and bird bath.

They were everywhere.

Problem came that not a lot got done other than having the idea, a goal of sorts and a whole list of things I was going to do to move things forward and a bunch of paper taped on every possible location as you just read. Yes, there was some space left for humans to exist. (just no where to set a drink).

You see, all of these ideas fit. They made sense. They were what I believed I wanted. But that's all there was, these ideas and sheets taking up space. For so long, not much else got done. Sure, I had to go to the office supply place and get more paper and ink, (so I sorta felt I was doing something). But in all actually, I wasn't doing anything about it.

Yes, I was on the right track.

But I was just sitting there.

As Will Rogers has been known to write:

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

Now, to the best of my knowledge, I wasn't exactly run over by anything. But it did feel as if I wasn't getting anywhere despite having everything necessary to get moving.

Fact is, you need to do something with this information you have written down and act upon it.


Now don't just sit there, get up, go get that list of dreams, goals, ideas and whatnot you have in that bottom desk drawer you've been hiding from others (including yourself) and read it over. Feel free to add more things to your list(s).

Now look for something you want to begin this moment. What is the first step toward you doing that? Can you do it right now after reading this? Can you do it in less than 20 minutes? Is it within your control to do it or do others need to be involved?

Just do that first simple thing. It's a start. Momentum will begin to take you toward the next step. and the next and the next.

If you get stuck, start again with something simple and go from there.


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David Stoddard
The Unmotivated Motivational Writer
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  1. Carrie,

    I have my rare moments of pointing greatly at things. :-) Thanks for visiting.

  2. Keep up that deadpan humor, love it.

  3. Cora,

    It comes and goes. Sometimes it can not be controlled my mere mortals such as myself.