I want you to think for a moment about that ‘naggy little thing’.
You know the one… it’s a tolerable dissatisfaction that never goes away.
A constant thought you try to ignore, and like an itch you resist scratching, it lingers, distracting you, annoying you, as it begs for attention.
You want to fix it one day… just not today.
You don’t want the discomfort, the disruption or the hassle of dealing with it now, and so you wait for the ‘right’ time.
I have, and have had, many a ‘naggy thing’.
Many began as small niggles and once left unattended they grew to become monstrous life blockers.
Like my house for example.
One day I stopped fixing the little things. I didn’t replace the broken blind, fix the crack in the plaster or mend the broken drawer.
Before long the garden had no appeal, the grubby finger marks remained on the walls and a clean and tidy was all I felt inclined to do.
I would notice things and push them aside, telling myself I was too busy, I would deal with it soon… Meanwhile the weeds grew, the paint flaked and the problems multiplied.
Eventually coming home felt hard and heavy, when all I could see were things to fix, weed, paint and remedy.
My neglected haven had become an enormous blockage and it was cluttering my mind, sucking my focus and drawing on my attention.
The only solution, decisive action.
As I type this today, my fingernails caked with paint, I am proud to say the blockage is cleared. The path is unfolding and I am marching forward.
My ‘naggy thing’ has transformed into a project, a passion and has me bounding out of bed each day ready to renovate.
Our precious attention is sabotaged once we ignore even the simplest of ‘naggy things’, like an unmade bed or chipped nail polish.
Our lives can indeed break apart when we stall on the large and persistent ‘naggy thoughts’, like a major career change or a relationship breaking down.
Whatever it is that persistently occupies your thoughts, decide now what needs to be done to move forward. Holding off will only allow it to grow bigger.
Maybe your ‘naggy thing’ could be truly life changing… you want to join the police force, turn your ideas into a home based business, start selling second-hand books, live and train with Olympic athletes overseas for 4 months, move interstate, build a brand new home, retrain for a new career, drive around Australia for 12 months, sell your business and start another……These are all things that inspiring people I know have actually done.
Maybe your ‘naggy thing’ is health related… rejoining the gym, visiting a naturopath or having that overdue check up.
Is your ‘naggy thing’ career changing….you want to work more, work less, apply for a promotion, learn a new skill.
Could your nag simply be a desire for more fun… sky diving anyone, rock climbing, ice skating or a roller coaster ride.
Is it possibly a very difficult conversation you need to have, are you holding back your truth with someone.
Maybe it’s a bucket list dream… to walk the Kokoda track, visit the Pyramids or take the kids to Disneyland.
Whatever it is, if it is important to you then take action on it.
What is the first step you can take to move the nag along?
Worried you can’t handle the disruption? The real question is can you live with the nag?