Just Do It!

Do you have something you’d really like to accomplish? Some place to visit? A certain book to write? A painting to paint? Person to see again? Skill to learn? This past year has really pointed out to me how important it is for a person to—as the Nike slogan says—Just Do It!

 In 2015 two good friends, one relative, and a fellow writer died. The writer was in her late eighties, but just a week before she died, she called me to ask questions about a children’s book she wanted to get published. One of the two friends who died, just two summers before sat on the deck with me as we’d talked about a book she wanted to write. The other friend had only recently retired and was looking forward to spending more time on his boat with his wife and grandson. And the relative went into the hospital for a “simple” operation.

 The news is filled with untimely deaths: shootings, beatings, heart attacks, car accidents. The young as well as the old are suddenly gone. We all know we will die some time; it’s the when that’s unknown. So as I think ahead to what I want to accomplish or do in 2016, I’m asking myself, “If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you wish you’d done?”

 There are courses taught in goal setting. Web sites that give the tools for setting and achieving your goals. Personal Goal Setting, and Top Achievement goal setting and michaelhyatt’s goal-setting methods for a few. If you haven’t tried these methods, do. I’ve been setting and achieving goals for decades, but those goals usually focused on steps I needed to take for the long-term. They’re for “One of these days I want to…”

 But what if that “One of these days” will never come? What if I knew I would die tomorrow? What would I truly regret not doing?

 Actually, I feel quite blessed. I’ve been able to do almost everything I’ve dreamed of doing and more, but I know others who have put off their dreams for varying reasons. If you’re one of those people, my suggestion is don’t put it off too long: Just do it!

 Happy New Year


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6 Responses to Just Do It!

  1. Diane Burton says:

    Very thought-provoking, Maris. I’ve done almost all the things I’ve wanted to do. Still have ideas for several more books and I’m working on them one at a time. I would regret not seeing my grandchildren grow up. Nothing I can do about that, though.

  2. Maris Soule says:

    I’m so glad you are writing and publishing, Diane. You are an example of someone “Doing it.”

  3. Melissa Keir says:

    Not doing something or waiting for the “right” time is often why people don’t do those amazing dreams they have. 🙂 I’m glad you took the chance!

    • Maris Soule says:

      And, evidently, Melissa, you took a chance when you became a publisher as well as a writer. What else do you dream of doing? May that come true in 2016.

  4. ann bennett says:

    It is good to know that “someday” comes and goes if we aren’t careful.
    I have not been terribly happy with the caregiving role life has given me. I did not anticipate how you give your life up. What caregiving has done for me is that it made me slow down to start writing.
    It was a surprise to me that I had to stop and learn how to write a book. I thought you just wrote a story. My goal for 2016 is to finish something. I will look up those sites. Thanks.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Ann, do read the goal setting tips. I work best under a deadline, so if I don’t have one imposed on me, I have to create my own. I set mini goals that I know will lead to what I ultimately want to accomplish.

      Here’s hoping you do finish something in 2016.