TSA #13 – Do one thing that needs to be done

Feb 13, 2012 by

I had a fun weekend.

My wife went to grab something out of the bottom of the hall closet the other day and noticed it was wet.  That’s weird.  There shouldn’t be water in the bottom of the closet.   So I take everything out from down there and lo and behold the carpet is wet.  That’s not good. I also notice some mold on the drywall of the closet.  That’s really not good.

So I assume a water pipe has sprung a leak that runs through the wall of the closet and set out to repair it.  I remove everything from the closet and tear out the carpet and remove the moldy drywall.  Not fun.  I inspect the pipes to find no leak.  That’s not a good sign because now I don’t know where the water is coming from, except that in removing the drywall and such I notice more mold on the other side of the wall, which is where the bathroom is.  So now I am assuming the toilet is leaking and is leaking water into all of the walls around it.  Awesome.  So I remove the toilet and notice a lot of water below it.  I then proceed to remove the toilet, surrounding tile and all of the drywall around it.  Good times.

That was my fun weekend.  It will be a small project to get that all back in working order, but I will get it done.

Second story.  Cut to this morning, and I’m on my way to catch the train to work and I notice my Jeep is driving a bit odd and making a noise when I’m on the freeway.  I have a flat tire.  So I pull over, inspect the damage and set about changing it.  Its not terribly hard, but not super easy either.  But I get it done and make it to the train station to catch the next train.

There are things that we don’t want to do.  Sometimes we can put them off.  Sometimes we are forced to do them.  I was forced to change the tire this morning.  I could have put off the bathroom remodel project til a a later date, but I knew it had to be done, so I did it.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is to pick out that one thing on your list that you know has to be done and do it.  Pick that one thing that you really don’t want to do.  Pick the one item that has been causing you stress for days, weeks, hopefully not months and just get it done.  Start doing that one thing and you will realize something.  You wil learn that it wasn’t so big and scary as you thought it was.  It will prove to be easier than you had made it out to be in your head.  And when you check off that item from your list you will feel amazing and empowered to conquer anything else that might be on your list.

Whenever we have a list of things to do, we tend to sometimes put the big scary items at the end of the list.  Or we tend to do all the little easy ones first, just dancing around that big one, knowing that we will have to get to it someday.  This is a bad way to do things, because the entire time your mind is thinking about that big item. Its obsessing, worrying, stressing out over that one thing.  We make it into such a big deal that it causes us to be distracted and stressed out until its done.  Don’t do that.

Tackle the big thing first.  Identify that one item that you know you have to do, but have been putting off.  Put a firm deadline on it of sometime this week.  It could take you an hour, or a day, just put a date and time by which you will have it done.  Now go do it.  No more excuses.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 - Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 - Go do something fun
TSA#3 - Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 - Learn something new
TSA#5 - Celebrate Christmas
TSA#6 - Start off the new year with a clean room
TSA#7 - Improve
TSA#8 – Tell someone you love them
TSA#9 – Adopt some grandparents
TSA#10 - Organize your life: Inbox edition
TSA#11 - Try a new local restaurant
TSA#12 – Stop watching one TV show   

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