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I’ll do it now

Ray’s Daily

May 30, 2017



Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

William James

Our long weekend is over and it was a very good one here in Indianapolis. As those of you who live in the United States knows yesterday was Memorial Day, a national holiday. The highlight for my wife and I was our opportunity to visit with our grandson, his wife and their new baby, our latest great-grandson.

On Sunday, the rest of the world watched “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500-mile auto race. About 300,000 people were at the race which continued the more than one hundred years of drawing the largest crowds for a sporting event in the world,

The race ended a week of festivities and fortunately the weather was perfect for all the events. While the race had a number of mishaps, no one was seriously injured. It is amazing how drivers who were caught in horrific accidents at speeds well over 200 miles an hour were able to walk away from unbelievable crashes.

Now that things a getting back to normal I need to do the things that need to be done. The time for procrastination is over and maybe that is why someone sent me the following:

Small Actions, Huge Impact


Most people get hung up because of a few reasons:

  • A task or project is too intimidating/overwhelming, so they put it off.
  • Sticking to new habits is hard, so they fail after a week or two.
  • Life becomes overwhelming, because there’s so much to do, so many choices.


The problems with these common situations is that we take the big picture, the overwhelming nature of it all, and use it as a reason to not do anything. Instead, I’ve found it useful to pick one tiny action. It can change everything.

Some examples:

  • I have too much to do right now, I’m overwhelmed — so I do one tiny thing. I just start a task. I just move a project along in the smallest way. I just make a list. Something that takes a minute or two — I can do that!
  • I’ve fallen off a habit I was trying to start, such as meditation or exercise … and it’s causing me to not want to even think about the habit. So I just do the smallest version of the habit — can I pause for a few moments and meditate right now? Can I do a few pushups? This gets the ball rolling, and now the habit doesn’t seem that difficult. I just keep starting again, in small ways.
  • I’ve been putting off a project, and I feel pretty bad about it — so I just do one small thing with the project, and now I feel a lot better. All of a sudden, I can get the project moving with small movements, small victories.


Each of these examples is so simple, so tiny — and yet their impact is bigger than most people realize. The action is small, but the impact is huge. The victory might seem trifling, but it’s actually a profound shift.

What are you stalling on? What are you overwhelmed by? What can you take a tiny action on right now? Get an infinitesimal victory now, and see what it changes for you.


Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.

Napoleon Hill


Joe had gone to propose to his girlfriend and returned home crying bitterly. “What happened, son?” his father asked, eagerly awaiting her response. “Did she accept?”

“No, she sure didn’t,” sobbed Joe. “When I told her what you advised me to say, she slapped my face and told me to get the hell out.”

“Did you begin by telling her what I told you to say, what I told your mother when she accepted my proposal? ‘Sweetheart, time stands still when I look in your eyes.’ Did you tell her that?” asked his father.

“Oh boy, dad, did I got it all wrong,” Joe groaned. “I said, ‘MY Dear, you have a face that would stop a clock!'”


I’m such an awful gardener that they have a wanted poster of me at the nursery.


A woman was driving down the highway about 75 miles an hour, when she noticed a motorcycle policeman following her. Instead of slowing down, she picked up speed. When she looked back again, their were two motorcycles following her. She shot up to 90 miles. The next time she looked around, there were three cops following her. Suddenly, she spotted a gas station looming ahead. She screeched to a stop and ran into the ladies’ room. Ten minutes later, she innocently walked out. The three cops were standing there waiting for her. Without batting an eye, she said coyly, “I’ll bet none of you thought I would make it.”


I’ve been collecting compliments all my life. So far I have three.


Things you don’t want to hear in a tattoo parlor

“We’re all out of red, so I used pink.”

“There are two O’s in Bob, right?”

“That call was for you. Hope you meet someone else named Tahiti Sweetie.”

“Gosh, I hate it when I get the hiccups.”

“Anything else you want to say? You’ve got plenty of room back here.”

“I’ll bet you can’t tell I’ve never done this before.”

“The flag’s all done and, you know, the folds of fat make a nice waving effect.”

“Oops … ”


Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


After 20 years two college rivals bumped into each other. “Do you remember how I used to be so fat and flabby?’ asked the first. “Well, I’ve been on an exercise program for a few years, and now I run marathons.”

“That’s great!” replied the other man.

“And,” the first man continued, “Do you remember how I used to be shy and a poor student? Well, I took a course in public speaking, and now I make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on the lecture circuit.”

“That’s great!” came the reply.

“Oh, and how about you?” the first man asked. “Have you changed at all?”

“Well, yes I have”, replied the second man. “Remember how brutally honest I used to be, and how when someone said something uninteresting, I would reply, ‘I couldn’t care less?’

“Well now I just say, ‘That’s great!'”


If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.

Olin Miller


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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