Just do it.
I know you've heard that before. It's famous. Nike made it famous. One of the top brands in the world (I'm making an assumption, I didn't research that) took a phrase people use every day and they gave it so much power. JUST DO IT. My siblings and I (and now some coworkers, too) have shortened that phrase down to just one word. We tell each other to "Nike" when we aren't sure if we should do something, or even what we should do. "Nike!" we boldly exclaim to one another, "just, Nike!" That's all we need. It doesn't always mean the thing gets done, but it always means it stops being discussed. Once you know what to do, you don't have to talk about it anymore. You just make a decision. You either Nike or you don't.
Let me say that again... once you know what to do, you either do it or you don't, but you stop talking about it because the decision has been made. Do you hear me? Stop talking about it. Just do it, or don't.
Now, maybe you're thinking, "but Katelyn! I don't know what to do! I can't make the decision! It isn't time to act!" I get it. I really do. I lived in that place for a long time. Let's be honest, I live in that place every day. There are so many decisions to make about what I'm going to spend my time on and which ideas I'm going to pursue at any given moment. Sometimes I don't make a decision. Sometimes I reverse Nike (just don't do it). Here are some really good guidelines we could all benefit from following when trying to decide whether or not we just do something:
DO SOMETHING GUIDELINES
1. do I want to do it?
2. am I more afraid of not doing it than doing it?
3. will it make me happy longterm?
4. is it harmless to those around me?
5. will it challenge me to be better in some way?
If you answered yes to all of those questions, then just Nike. If you answered no to some of those questions, I think it's time to re-evaluate what it is you're wanting to do. Let's take a minute and look at each question a little more.
1. do i want to do it? this is pretty simple, if you want to do something, proceed to the next question. If you don't want to do something, ask yourself why you're even considering it. There are good reasons for doing something you don't want to do but we'll save that for another day.
2. am i more afraid of not doing it than doing it? Let's call this, The Fear of Missing Out, or FOMO, as it's commonly referred to. A lot of people don't do things because they're afraid of failing, which is completely normal. What is really awesome is when you reach the stage of wanting something so badly that you are actually more afraid of not doing it than you are of trying to do it and potentially failing. If you are in that stage then I am SO excited for you because great things are about to happen! If you're not in that stage, don't worry, if you keep working toward your dream, you will get there and when you do, proceed to the next question.
3. will it make me happy longterm? Please don't leave out that last word, it's there for a reason. A lot of things will make you happy right now, but right now isn't what we're concerned with. Whatever it is that you're wanting to do will probably require a lot of time and energy to complete, it won't happen right now. So if it isn't going to happen right now, why would you make little decisions that will only affect right now? That isn't smart. Be smart, think about the longterm goal.
4. is it harmless to those around me? DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THIS QUESTION! Please, please, please, remember this always: the people around you (friends, family, coworkers, etc.) matter SO much and the decisions you make need to show that you're thinking about their well being as much as your own. I am not telling you to do something that will make you miserable and someone else happy but I'm also not tell you to do something that will make you happy and someone else miserable. Be careful and considerate with your time, money, talents, passions, and presence. The things you have and who you are is not only for you.
5. will it challenge me to be better in some way? If you are not constantly challenging yourself to be better in some way, then you might be hurting yourself and those around you (see above). This one is really hard for me. My default is to get off work, go home and get in bed with some food and Netflix. None of that challenges me to be better and when I go through that cycle of events I'm left feeling tired, lonely and pretty worthless. I do it because it's easy... but easy never got anyone anywhere. Do something everyday that challenges you to be better. It doesn't have to be big. Take a walk, learn a new song, make a new recipe, clean your house. Just do something that has some value. Netflix doesn't count (unless maybe you're watching a documentary).
Homework time! Grab a pen and paper (or type it out if that's what floats your boat) and write down something you're wanting to do but haven't been able to get started on. Now go through the Do Something Guidliness. Let me know how I can help you. Do you need encouragement? Advice? Someone to help you figure out your answers? Whatever you need, I'm here for you. Leave me a comment and let me know if this post helped you in some way!
Hey, remember this: you are awesome and you can do this. Now Nike!