One of my coaching clients â€“ Iâ€™ll call her Sheila â€“ had a project to finish. It was the last part of a certification program she was participating in â€“ and she was totally dreading this one last element, which (in her words) was â€śa big pain in the butt.â€ť
In my on-line seminar, thereâ€™s a segment devoted to completing the undone things that drain our energy. Sheila realized this was a big drain. On our weekly call, she made her decision. That week she would finish the task and get it off her plate.
A few days later, I got an email from her telling me that not only did she finish the project, but it only took her four hours. No big deal. â€śI donâ€™t even know why I was dreading it so much,â€ť she said.
I heard an interview with someone talking about the decision to leave his job as an investment banker to become the CEO of his wifeâ€™s wildly successful company. He described months and months of worry and dread about actually going in and quitting. He described the day he finally walked in to his supervisorâ€™s office and quit. He said, â€śOnce I did it, it was just no big deal. It was so simple.â€ť
A few months ago, I got my first speeding ticket since my teens. The penalty was low enough that all I had to do was take a driverâ€™s safety class on line to not get points on my license.
I dreaded it.
I postponed the court date twice.
This weekend, I finally decided to take the course.
It took me about three hours. No big deal. Iâ€™m stunned at how easy it was. I even learned some stuff!
Hereâ€™s my theory:
1 â€“ The amount of dread you feel is directly proportional to the feeling of relief youâ€™ll feel once you simply complete the dreaded task.
2 â€“ The longer you put something off, the more perplexed youâ€™ll be that you just didnâ€™t do the thing you were dreading sooner.
3 â€“ Anyone reading this article thinking of some dreaded thing in their life â€“ this is the week to do it.
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