Sunday has arrived and it is a bittersweet day. National Conference is over and I am flying home. For me, excited to see my hubby but leaving Belinda after 5 glorious days is a little hard. We have had fun experiencing HOTLANTA and she has got to experience what it is like to be with 15,000 PLUS WooHOo ladies dressed in pink . We have laughed and cried. We have taken pictures and made memories that will last forever. Of course, I will hide my tears until I am dropped off at the airport so I don’t embarrass her – NOT! Then I will start counting down till our next visit (most likely at Christmas – UGH!). So many memories, new friends and old Thirty One sisters, no sleep, lots of walking, surely some poor food choices and definitely a National Conference that will go down in the record books. Tired, excited, overwhelmed – how do I begin to describe the emotions but I know one thing for sure, I am not waiting for the perfect conditions to KICK start the Fall season.
Before I left for Atlanta, I read Lisa Allen’s Encouragement for Today Devotion from Proverbs 31 Ministries on Progress or Procrastination? Not only was I curious after reading the title but her first quote was from Ecclesiastes 11:4 “If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!”. I guess she has been checking out the tapes from my office video camera. See I do procrastinate and not just BEFORE a trip. I should go to the gym, I mean I am paying monthly for it but it isn’t a good time for me. I know that I should measure all my food to stay on track with Weight Watchers but no one got fat from fruits and veggies, right? Then there is I will make phone calls in the morning, I don’t want to bother people at dinner time. Will the conditions ever be perfect?
So as I head home from conference, I am taking that first step which is the hardest, a baby step toward my goal for this Thirty One year. I am going to aim for progress and NOT perfection. Maybe I won’t make it to the gym but a short walk around the neighborhood will work too. Picking up the phone when I think of it to call customers is better than not doing it at all. Stepping out of my comfort zone to talk to people. It was those baby steps that got me on stage this year celebrating my promotion and what my TEAM had achieved. There is never going to be a perfect time for anything except the perfect place to start which is NOW.
God is teaching me that I can make progress despite myself. I am still learning to STOP making excuses and just take ACTION. What are you procrastinating about? STOP training to be perfect and take that baby step today!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day.