Skipping Glitzy Gizmos to Reach Your Goals – Daily Quote


Arborists say the absolute best time to plant a sapling is ten years ago. The second-best option is to transplant one today. Since I can’t time travel, I need to buy a tree, grab a spade and dig. The tree’s species is less important than taking action. My shovel might be borrowed, but a backhoe isn’t required. Use what you have at your disposal. Digging a pit is not an exact science. What is a perfect hole? Does it matter?

We become embroiled in perfection, caught in the trap of possessing the best tools, the latest gadgets, and glitzy gizmos, thinking they are necessary. I am a perfectionist, an expert at compiling lists of reasons rationalizing my procrastination. Instead, I commit to completing an important task and focus on the steps required to finish.

What will you complete today?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

5 thoughts on “Skipping Glitzy Gizmos to Reach Your Goals – Daily Quote

  1. Very good. A friend and I had a discussion about her Dashboard newsletter this weekend. Each individual at work had to supply a few bullet points on their project for the newsletter by Friday at 5 pm. Two had not sent the bullet items. Newsletter had to go out Monday AM. It wasn’t until Saturday night that one of them wrote, still waiting for the second one.

    My friend had stomach ache, because HER manager wanted to know where it was, so he could review. Argh… we have all been there waiting for a team member to do their share.

    In manufacturing and advertising where there are constant deadlines, I told her I felt her pain. It’s annoying when people procrastinate. However, I told her one reason for procrastination is “not knowing” what to write or what to do. If they had to research a bit, that meant more time to create bullets, an annoyance, and so the delay.

    I truly feel that when we become an expert at what we are doing, we don’t procrastinate. Like baking a cake, planting flowers, ordering materials from China, buying tires for the car, once we know what we are doing and the “fear of failure is gone,” we just DO IT!

    What will I complete today? Incorporating your edits (a big thank you) and listening to some videos by children’s book authors on developing stories, characters, etc. ONE AUTHOR says he starts with his “ending” FIRST, because the book has to have an AHA (surprise, not expected) or an AH (wasn’t that sweet) ending to be good.

    Interesting, right. So, I will think more about THAT too. THANKS for the daily quotes. 🙂

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    • There are so many reasons for procrastination: Fear of failing, fear of succeeding, not knowing what to do, or how to do it, the perceived importance, and perceived urgency, fear of being judged, not having the right supplies, not having enough money, being tired, feelings of one more pointless task, the list can get very long. 🙂 and complicated.

      I am glad you will be working on your story. I often start at the end of a story and work backwards. I have a pretty picture about something and begin to wonder what it took to get to this point.

      Looks like you have some work to do, and so do I. Hope you have a great day.

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