Progress or Procrastination

I thought this was an article worth sharing from Proverbs31

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!” Ecclesiastes 11:4 (LB)

Unhealthy habits had crept their way into my life. At first it was only occasionally, but then it became easier to stay home rather than head to the gym. I turned a blind eye to how much sugar I was eating. And dinner from a drive-through became more convenient when I was in a rush.

After a few months in this downward spiral, I knew it was time to reintroduce healthy habits. But then the excuses started: I know I should work out, but this just isn’t a good time for me … I have two trips coming up and then there’s that birthday dinner for my friend this weekend. And everyone knows that Mondays are the best day to start a good habit!

This pattern of thinking gives me permission to eat unhealthy foods and put off exercise. Somehow I justify that I will ultimately be more successful if all the conditions are perfect for me to improve my health. Perhaps it’s my selfish nature that screams, “I want what I want when I want it.” The truth is, if I know I should take steps toward healthier choices, then my response should simply be to ask myself, “What can I do today?” and then do it. I don’t have to have a plan for a month or even a week … only today.

As I’ve observed this pattern of procrastination within myself, I find when faced with a desire and necessity to make a change for the better, sometimes I wait until I can do it perfectly before I’m willing to begin. Scripture tells us though “If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!” (Ecclesiastes 11:4).

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with feeling that perfection is unreachable, so I push my goals to the back burner.

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