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Go Ahead.... Just Do It

Updated on August 30, 2013

Contemplation

Have you ever had an idea, desire, or inclination to do something, but out of fear, trepidation, or just plain laziness, nothing came of it? In conjunction with this thought, I've coined the phrase , "coulda, woulda, shoulda," ( maybe it wasn't mine, but I'm, claiming it), syndrome, in which nothing is ever done, because of procrastination. For Instance, have you looked at an invention, or design and said, "I coulda done that, and the sad thing is, you truly could have? Let's keep the scenario going. You say, "if I had the time/money, etc, I woulda done it." Oh yes, alas, the opportunity, the timing, the money was right, but you just didn't take advantage of it, and said, in hindsight, "I shoulda done that." However, nothing ever came of the good intentions. Ergo, the coulda, woulda, shoulda syndrome.

Consider this, what if Henry Ford had seen the possibility of bringing the automobile to America, and procrastinated, later another inventor decided to take up the baton and run with it. Henry....... I mean, Mr. Ford, looking at the other company's success, said, "I coulda done that." If that had happened, we would not have the Expedition.......... just kidding, the Ford Fusion. You say, "what?" Well Ford says, that, it is the best fuel economy car of the day.

Here's another one,(more research), what if Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had seen the possibilities of what could be done if they forged ahead and invented the Personal Computer, but passed it up, and someone else decided that it could be done, and just gone ahead and done it. Then, Mr. Jobs and Mr. Woznak, looking at what they passed up, said, "we woulda done it if"......... Can you understand what I'm getting at here? Okay, okay, I'll keep it going. Let's just say you had an admirer, and maybe you kinda liked them too, but, you played hard to get and, they gave up and married someone else, and what did you say? All together now........That shoulda been me. The old, coulda, woulda, shoulda syndrome at work again here.


What are you waiting for

The idea for this article was developed, because while discussing, with a friend, an endeavor that I'm considering, she was so excited, that her response was, " what are you waiting for, why don't you just go ahead and do it. This endeavor is so out of character for me, that I am totally struggling with it. I can tell you this, it appears that if I don't do it, it will be one of those coulda, woulda, shoulda, situations for me. What to do, what to do?

I am a study in contradictions, there are times when I will have an idea, and waste no time in implementing it. Other times, I'll have an inspiration, or idea and procrastinate until I just give up. To give you an idea of what I mean. Over twenty years ago, I was lying in bed one night, trying to figure out how I could contribute to the household income without going out to work and leave my children to be raised, by someone else. Like a bolt of lightening, I sat straight up in bed, remembering something that I had read, that I thought could help me. Well, the next morning, like clock work I set my idea in motion, and, twenty years later I was moving on from that business, to another endeavor. Meaning, I followed through on my idea and it worked. Now, on the other hand, within that same time frame, as a result of that business, I came up with an invention that I'm sure will work, but for over fifteen years I've sat on it, you know, the old, coulda, woulda, shoulda, syndrome.

Something to think about

Where are you today, in your life? If you have a measure of success either in your personal or professional life, think, suppose, before you got to that point you just toyed with the idea. Maybe, procrastinating until someone else either did what you intended to do, or you just lost the drive, or desire to do it. Where would you be today, maybe, applying the coulda, woulda, shoulda principle. Since you are where you are, could you, going forward, remember what you did to get to where you are, and pay it forward, by, if nothing else, but encouraging others to follow your lead.

On the other hand suppose things are not going according to plan in your life, either professionally or personally, could you, maybe, this one time not apply thecoulda, woulda, shoulda principle. Don't over think it this time. After all, most things in life needs no rocket science mentality to be figured out. Sometimes, just take the bull, by the horns, and go ahead....... just do it. In most cases the worst that can happen, is that you fail. There is a saying that goes something like this, "nothing beats a failure but a try." In other words don't be afraid to fail. Ask Mr. Jobs, or Mr. Woznak, or any other successful person how many times they failed, before they met with success, and take encouragement from that.

What about me

Well, let's see, I have this endeavor, as I said before, that I am seriously contemplating implementing. What am I going to do? Am I going to fall victim to my coulda, woulda, shoulda syndrome, or am I going to take a page from my own book of advice and, go ahead and just do it? Um, let's see, I think, I guess, I might, I, ah, I.............I'm going to go ahead and just do it.


What are you waiting for

The idea for this article was developed, because while discussing, with a friend, an endeavor that I'm considering, she was so excited, that her response was, " what are you waiting for, why don't you just go ahead and do it. This endeavor is so out of character for me, that I am totally struggling with it. I can tell you this, it appears that if I don't do it, it will be one of those coulda, woulda, shoulda, situations for me. What to do, what to do?

I am a study in contradictions, there are times when I will have an idea, and waste no time in implementing it. Other times, I'll have an inspiration, or idea and procrastinate until I just give up. To give you an idea of what I mean. Over twenty years ago, I was lying in bed one night, trying to figure out how I could contribute to the household income without going out to work and leave my children to be raised, by someone else. Like a bolt of lightening, I sat straight up in bed, remembering something that I had read, that I thought could help me. Well, the next morning, like clock work I set my idea in motion, and, twenty years later I was moving on from that business, to another endeavor. Meaning, I followed through on my idea and it worked. Now, on the other hand, within that same time frame, as a result of that business, I came up with an invention that I'm sure will work, but for over fifteen years I've sat on it, you know, the old, coulda, woulda, shoulda, syndrome.

Something to think about

Where are you today, in your life? If you have a measure of success either in your personal or professional life, think, suppose, before you got to that point you just toyed with the idea. Maybe, procrastinating until someone else either did what you intended to do, or you just lost the drive, or desire to do it. Where would you be today, maybe, applying the coulda, woulda, shoulda principle. Since you are where you are, could you, going forward, remember what you did to get to where you are, and pay it forward, by, if nothing else, but encouraging others to follow your lead.

On the other hand suppose things are not going according to plan in your life, either professionally or personally, could you, maybe, this one time not apply the coulda, woulda, shoulda principle. Don't over think it this time. After all, most things in life needs no rocket science mentality to be figured out. Sometimes, just take the bull, by the horns, and go ahead....... just do it. In most cases the worst that can happen, is that you fail. There is a saying that goes something like this, "nothing beats a failure but a try." In other words don't be afraid to fail. Ask Mr. Jobs, or Mr. Woznak, or any other successful person how many times they failed, before they met with success, and take encouragement from that.

What about me

Well, let's see, I have this endeavor, as I said before, that I am seriously contemplating implementing. What am I going to do? Am I going to fall victim to my coulda, woulda, shoulda syndrome, or am I going to take a page from my own book of advice and, go ahead and just do it? Um, let's see, I think, I guess, I might, I, ah, I.............I'm going to go ahead and just do it.

To be continued.............

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Powerpoe1 for the vote of confidence. I'll see you soon.

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      Powerpoe1 6 years ago

      "Very inspiring and motivating!...Fastfreta has done it again!"

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      LOL! You notice we also wrote another hub that was similar. As they say, "great minds think alike." (smile). Let's keep it up. Thanks for reading this one.

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      create a page 8 years ago from Maryland, USA

      fastfreta, I do not understand what is happening to my memory. I did not remember reading this hub before, until I started reading the comments and realized that I did (I already wrote a comment). Yet I recently wrote a hub with a similar title. I had tried the title 'just do it', but it was already taken, so I tried 'go ahead...just do it'. Then I came upon your hub apparently again. I honestly did not remember reading your hub. What do you think is happening to me?

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      You know Paul, the key is not being afraid of failure, and with that said, any trepidations that I had, about the venture that I'm about to embark upon, is out the window. Thank you for the further encouragement.

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      Paul Marshall 8 years ago from Australia

      Oh I could not agree more with this. Several years ago I had an idea for a business. I mentioned it to a friend of mine & we ended up starting a small company and having a go at it. To cut a long story short, we failed in a big way. However, the lessons that we learned will stay with us for a lifetime, & I have applied those lessons to some newer things that I am working with today, with great success. Imagine what would have happened if I had not at least tried !!

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Bravo for you BJC, good you didn't listen to those naysayers. Now I must follow my own advice, and just do it, or at least just try it.

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      BJC 8 years ago from Florida

      Oh how true this is!! I went back to college i nmy late 30's and graduated closer to 50 and faced many naysayers. Yeah, just do it!! But, how to forge on with the things we put off....... next article :>

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks alekhouse, you're a woman after my own heart, I too am in the process of reinvention, as a matter of fact, my new writing hobby is part of my reinvention.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      This is great, Freta, I'm all for forging ahead. I have reinvented myself several times, during my life and am on the cusp of doing it again this year. So I can really relate. BTW, I love your style of writing.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Jewels, as you see I suffer from it myself, but I am trying to improve.

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      Jewels 8 years ago from Australia

      I suffer from that syndrome and I almost didn't leave a comment, but thought I should, and I did because I could! LOL. Very true fastfreta.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Shalini for your encouragement!

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      fastfreta - that's such great advice - and so true for so many of us. We'll be watching this space to keep track of how you go ahead and just do it!

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Mireille G. I so agree with you and I will just go for it. I will be letting my hub family know my progress.

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      Mireille G 8 years ago from Kansas

      Freta as we get older (well you are still young) we no longer have the luxury to just wait. We have to go out there and do it, you are so right about that. Do you remember Emma Bombeck? and her story "if I had my life to do all over again" she talked about a purple hat, great inspiration for all who are afraid of doing it.

      Go get them girl, go do it. Oh and let us know how it turns out. I like all the juicy details. LOL

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I so appreciate the encouragement from my hub friends. Thanks create a page for another vote of confidence.

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      create a page 8 years ago

      As usual you have inspired me again fastfreta. I have been procrastinating in so many areas of my life that I believed you were talking directly to me, were you? Keep up the good work. I will cheer you on...just do it.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Brenda, good to see you again!

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      \Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      yes go ahead and just do it

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you, Thank you, Thank you both! I continue to be overwhelmed by the positive comments from writers like you emohealer.

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      fastfreta you always tell it like it is, right from the heart and hit me in just the same place, right in my heart. I feel your words as I read them, as a Libra I am very skilled at weighing the coulda woulda shoulda scales. Superb, timely advise. Share the successess of your current endeavor, for surely it will be. Continue to let you light shine brightly for all of us to see more clearly.

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Many times I have put off what I need to do today for tomorrow and all the tasks pile up and then becomes difficult to catch up. Now I am much organized about my time.

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Many times I have put off what I need to do today for tomorrow and all the tasks pile up and then becomes difficult to catch up. Now I am much organized about my time.