Do you guys remember Shia Labeouf’s motivational “Just Do It” speech?
Don’t let your dreams be dreams.
Yesterday you said tomorrow.
Yes, you CAN.
None of this is rocket science. Nor are they earth-shattering new concepts. Yet after I saw this video, I started using it to inspire me on a daily basis.
Maybe it’s his drill sargent style. Or his straightforward, to-the-point message. Something about it kicks me in the butt and pushes me to go, “Ok, ok! I WILL do it!”
The simplicity of “just do it” evokes the feeling that it’s easy to just get up and do the things that have constantly been put off. It reminds me that I don’t want to look back at the end of the year and find myself in the same place I am now and think, “Geez, I haven’t made any progress on <insert to do item here> at all.”
It could be something as big as following a passion or as small as cleaning out the corner cupboard in the kitchen. Obviously it’s easier to do the smaller things. Like when you come home from a late night out and you fling yourself onto the bed too tired to be on your feet for another second. Then something inside you reminds you to march yourself into the bathroom to wash up. Just do it. Or that basket of laundry that’s been sitting in the corner of your bedroom screaming to be folded for several days. Can you hear Shia’s voice? Just do it.
As far as the bigger things are concerned, it’s important to point out that having the just do it attitude is not enough to get you to the finish line. Like losing weight, learning a new skill, writing a romance novel, developing a new habit or starting a new business. There is a level of commitment that is required and a willingness to do whatever it takes to reach your goal. But that’s a separate topic for a separate post. In these cases, just do it helps you get to and through the very first step.
I first saw Shia’s just do it rant in July 2015 and while it served as my daily inspiration for a couple of months after, it wasn’t until mid-2016 that I finally decided to do something about not letting my dream be just a dream and to stop saying, “Tomorrow I will make writing a priority/improve my fledgling blog/work on that new book.” To say it’s been freeing is an understatement. Not allowing myself to wait for a better time or a better circumstance feels pretty damn good. Not giving in to another excuse has me feeling like I just won a 12-round heavyweight boxing match. Keeping the boxing gloves close by though because my battle is far from over.
If you have a “just do it” list of things that has been gnawing at you, I highly suggest watching the video above. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again. As Shia contorts himself and doubles over in pain, clearly distressed about your lack of activity, think about taking that first step to achieving even just one of your goals. Just the very first step. That’s all.
I’ll be at the starting line waiting for you.