WHY WE DON'T START
LIFE IS LIKE DOING THE DISHES
The other day I was cleaning up our kitchen and I noticed a huge pile of dishes that were left in the sink. This happens to us quite frequently. I am a neat freak and Pedro is not as organized.
I like to put the dishes in the dishwasher as I use them and Pedro just puts them in the sink and lets the dishes pile up, right?
So, here I am in my kitchen. Doing everything BUT the dishes. I keep looking at the sink full of dishes. I KNOW that I need to do the dishes, but the thought of it is so overwhelming that I come up with other things to do to avoid it.
I’m such a neat freak, but let’s be real… who likes doing the dishes?
I started thinking to myself, “why do we let these dishes build up?” It’s such an easy task. It takes less than 10 minutes, yet it’s something that most people cannot stand, you know?
BUT - what happens when we let the dishes build up?
We get overwhelmed when it comes time to actually having to do the dishes.
AND - when do we end up doing the dishes?
When we run out of dishes and need to eat.
THE NEED FOR AN END RESULT
Essentially, we ALLOW ourselves to get to the point where we are left feeling overwhelmed, without dishes and THEN have to pull ourselves together to do the dishes.
What does this tell us?
In life, we’d rather have the end result.
We’d rather have the dishes done.
We’d rather just have that $10,000,000 house.
We’d rather have our yacht.
We’d rather just take that trip.
We just want the end goal without putting in the work.
We get super excited and motivated about the end goal, but can’t get ourselves to take the actionable steps on a consistent basis to make them happen.
Here’s the thing - doing the dishes isn’t hard work. But, we want to have a nice and clean home, right?
The dishes are just one of those tasks we don’t enjoy, but when they are done, we get that nice and clean home.
The same rule applies in life.
CONSISTENTLY SHOW UP
If we consistently show up to do the tasks that we need to do to get that end result, we become more efficient and avoid feeling overwhelmed. When we are consistent in our actions to get that end result, we don’t have to worry about the dishes building up because they are being put away on a consistent basis.
In order to get that end result that we dream of, we either put in the work or hire someone to do it. Without putting in the work, we end up in a place where we let these tasks build up to a point where we either don’t do them or we get overwhelmed.
This process delays our success rate, does not accelerate growth and feeds our poor habits.
The truth is that the little tasks aren’t hard work.
Are they always fun? No.
Do they make life easier in the long run? Yes.
When I was looking at the pile of dishes in the dishwasher, I couldn’t help but think…
“Why do I feel that this is so hard?”
“Why am I TELLING myself this is so hard?”
“Why am I ALLOWING myself to not put a better system in place?”
TAKE ACTION NOW
Our actions are a reflection of our mindset. I hate doing the dishes, so it’s more likely that I’ll put them off. If I think about doing the dishes in perspective, it makes the task easier.
Create systems. Improve your habits. Watch your life transform.
What systems will you put in place? Comment below!