I was reorganizing my office at work, and in the back of a desk drawer, I found a folded up piece of paper with eight lines of print on it. This is what it said:
It’s on my plan, I gotta do it.
Past Me said to do it, and Future Me will thank me, so let’s do it.
Once I start, I’ll be glad I did. All I have to do is take the first small step.
I don’t need to decide on this, or think about it. It’s already decided.
This is a compassionate act for myself, an act of love. Lets get to the loving.
I am doing this for others, to set an example for others, to make the world better.
Yes, “Just this once” does hurt. Let’s not fall for our old thinking traps.
It’s time, let’s get to work like a pro.
This was taken from a post on Zen Habits called What You Can Say Instead of “I Don’t Feel Like It.”
It was from a time when I was trying to make some serious habit changes. (eating healthy, staying off of social media, getting organized, meditating, not losing my temper, among other things) and I had printed it off as a reminder to myself. If I remember correctly, this list helped me to maintain an upward trend for quite some time. It is amazing what a little bit of positive thinking can do.