The year I turned fifty I decided that to celebrate this momentous occasion I would run fifty miles on my birthday. I knew it would be hard, knew it would be hot and knew it would take a long time. As I ran that day I just kept repeating to myself “just keep moving forward”. Around the forty mile mark I was done, I was toast. I had nothing left to give to this run. I began thinking that it had been a noble attempt but there was no way I could go another mile. And then something surged up within me, something I have no idea where it came from. I angrily yelled loudly to myself “Just do it Mike!!!” And then I just began moving forward again, one foot in front of the other. And as I stepped into my sister-in-law’s driveway at the end of fifty miles I wept. I had done something I never would have thought possible four years before when I began running and it was possible because I adopted a Just Do It attitude.
Waiting for the perfect situation will never allow us to transition well. There is no right time to transition, whether that be a new job or adjusting to an empty nest. There will never be the perfect boss, the perfect organization, the perfect church or even the perfect spouse. However, we can transition from one aspect of life to another gracefully if we always tell ourselves that there is no sense in waiting. When we decide that we have what it takes now and it is just a matter of stepping outside our comfort zone we can make our transitions more natural and allow ourselves a greater peace as we make these transitions. First though we must put aside the self-defeating thoughts and begin to think of life as something that we just do, we just reach out and decide to do something and then never allow ourselves to quit or give up.
Transition will be painful, almost as painful as a fifty or hundred mile run, but we do have everything we need to make these transitions inside us now. Unlocking this will force you to make a vow to move relentlessly forward with the decision to just do it, just move through the pain and do it.