How easy it is to make grand plans for my future.
To set goals for various things in my life.
Resolutions to write more. To get healthier…
I’m so enthusiastic about all I want to achieve.
Easier still to get stuck…
To give up because I can’t seem to stick to these plans.
Lack of self-discipline. Things going awry.
Lots of distractions.
There go my goals, my plans, my enthusiasm.
Self-doubt (self-loathing even) creep in.
Guilt shows its head.
I throw in the towel.
And then come these words..
Just do the next right thing.
Today, I’m reflecting on these words from Mathew Kelly’s Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness
“Whether you are struggling to overcome a pattern of defeat, yearning for inner peace, trying to create lasting happiness, wishing to succeed in your career, desperately trying to overcome procrastination, or are battling with an addiction, this lesson holds the key for you. Just do the next right thing. In each moment, just keep doing the next right thing. . .
Whether you get into a funk, just do the next right thing. And keep doing the next right thing. You will be amazed at how quickly you work yourself out of the funk if you approach it this way. Don’t worry about next week or next month or next year. Just do the next right thing and keep doing the next right thing, and gradually you will act your way out of destructive patterns. You cannot think or pray or wish or hope yourself out of the pattern that is holding you back. You must act your way out of it, one moment at a time.
One moment at a time, by simply doing the next right thing, you will move from confusion to clarity, from misunderstanding to insight, from despair to hope, from darkness to light, and discover your truest self.”
Are you struggling with self-discipline as I am? Do you think this might work for you?
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LOVE this post! It is very timely for me right now. Also, I’m intrigued by Monday Musings and might like to participate. Can you direct me on how to participate?
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Perfect! This advice really resonates with me. I’ve always believed that small steps add up to one accomplishing big things.
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I definitely needed to read this
So inspiring! Now is the best time, grab the present moment to discipline yourself. Thanks for the reminder Cori.
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That’s great advice, Corinne. I believe we worry too much about tomorrow and just need to do our work for today.
Darla M Sands
I’ve read this advice from Julia Cameron, too. So wise. Thank you for sharing.
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This is so me! I procrastinate, get distracted, I get into funks, on and on. I also just started to do the next right thing. It brings the stress level down and keeps things moving. Thanks for this post.
Another fantastic little gold nugget of a helpful way to approach things. Small steps! I often forget that and become immobilised by thoughts of how big and impossible everything seems. My own motto is ‘Just do it!’ but this adds the extra little nudge by making it Just Do the Next Right Thing. It clarifies things and reminds me I don’t have to do it ALL today, I just need to move forward an inch or a mile but whatever it is, I need to keep moving forward. The distance each day is my own choice! Thanks for this Corinne – glad I chose your site to explore a little further while having a lazy Sunday morning lay-in!