When its easier to say “I’ll get to it later” than tell the truth, you realize how stuck you really are.
Look at the picture. That hedge line is somewhere between horrific and beautiful. It is overgrown, unkept and out of control if we are being honest. (Hey, “I’ll get to it later” says the guy writing this) BUT…it is also perfectly trimmed, meticulously cared for and like a piece of fine art to view.
Wait, how can it be both?
Easy. You can see where it started from and it’s future potential. I started to trim it but had to stop along the way. It rained. I had other obligations. I couldn’t do it all at once because I didn’t have that kind of time. (Or, because along the way I accidentally cut through the cord trying to get it done.)
So I snapped a picture of what “almost”, “not quite” and “eventually” looks like.
Have you ever been there? Are you there now? It’s a frustrating place to be isn’t it?
Sometimes, “I’ll get to it later” actually means just that. You are fine, you just need to run to the store and get a new cord and finish up.
But what happens when you get part of the way in to whatever it is you are working on and realize you are just plain stuck?
Have you ever been there? Are you there now? It doesn’t have to be a frustrating place, does it?
No, it doesn’t.
Knowing who you are and what you are called to do is great. It is equally as important to know who you aren’t and what you are not called to do. To know it’s time to call in help.
What are you stuck on today?
My guess? It’s something you have been “meaning to get to”. When in reality you aren’t every really going to “get to it”, because you don’t know how to do it, can’t do it, know you shouldn’t be spending your time trying to figure out how to do it, etc…
Make the call today.
It will require a bite of humble pie first. Heck, it might take eating the whole pie! I’ve had to make the call. Just ask the plumber, electrician, mechanic and anyone else gifted to fix things with their hands. I NEED THEM!
Who do you need?
If you insist on “I’ll get to it later” being a viable strategy you are telling me you have thrown in the towel.
Pick up the towel and waive it in the air. Make the call to surrender to feeling stuck and get the help you need.
If it’s more employees so you can actually see your family, hire them. If it’s “projects” that are distracting you from the core of who you are, shut them down. And if it’s buying one more ad in the paper, spot on the air and billboard along a highway without being able to even articulate your vision in a simple sentence, hit pause.
Hitting pause may be the most productive place you move into today.
Hitting pause lets you step back.
Hitting pause lets you take a deep breath.
Hitting pause lets you see what’s on the screen in front of you for what it actually is, not what you keep telling yourself it is.
Hitting pause will give you the courage you need to get the help you need.
And after you have hit pause and made the call?
Enjoy the fact that your hedge line is going to get done, and the results will be far better than if you actually did ever “get to it later”.
Hit Pause. Make The Call. Get The Help.
Enjoy the results.