Dragging My Feet

Our master bedroom needed a little overhaul for quite some time. Truthfully, it wasn’t very high on my priority list. I didn’t want to go through the massive box of papers in the corner. I certainly didn’t want to sort through old clothes in the closet. Needless to say, I was okay with leaving things as they were.

<enter wife>

Jen has this uncanny knack for visioning out a room. Not going to lie — she has this crazy feng shui inclination for design thing going on inside of her (minus the actual feng shui). And, a month or so that vision was cast. She got the new night stand. We bought the new IKEA dresser (which took me 4 hours to put together… an entirely different blog post in and of itself) and all the miscellaneous room add-ons to make it just perfect.

But there was still one thing.

I needed to go through that stinkin’ box of papers and I needed to sort through those old clothes.

I’m sure my wife would agree that I whined and moaned a few times, but in the end, it got done. The room looks great. Really great, in fact.

How many times do we stall and drag our feet with something… not realizing that doing that very thing will lead to beneficial results?

I’m guilty: making the call to connect with a friend, encouraging my wife in areas that interest her, waking up 15 minutes earlier to read the Bible…

A couple years ago, a good friend of mine gave me some wise advice. When I asked him what I should do to help me in this area, he responded with two simple words…

Just act.

What area are you dragging your feet in right now? What do you need to do to “just act”?

47 Comments

  • Jim F

    March 11, 2011

    I am reminded of many things reading this – one of which is the amount of hours spent putting together all the IKEA stuff we have. I also thought about action – sometimes I get tired of talking and talking and just need to do something. I am reminded of a post I wrote from a few weeks ago called “intentions or action” and the verse 2nd Samuel 3:18a – Take Action Now! Sometimes we just need to take action!

    Good encouragement today Dustin!

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      IKEA…. hours and hours of fun times by yourself. :)

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  • Marlee

    March 11, 2011

    Oy Vey Dustin!

    This is one of those subjects that gets me going. Action, action, action. In fact, I have a post in the wings about the reason why I believe we fall into that trap of knowing we will benefit from action, yet failing to actually take it. And that is…we don’t hurt bad enough.

    We aren’t desperate enough to hear from God in that moment so we feel like we don’t need that extra 15 mins with Him.

    Our wife isn’t frustrated enough for us to see that we should encourage her more.

    Our friend isn’t someone WE necessarily need in that moment so we can just call them later.

    And then…it happens. Calamity strikes and we can’t get our face out of the Word, our wife is miserable and we feel we have to encourage our socks off to make up for the neglect, and our friend could really lend a hand with a move so you call (feeling guilty all the while).

    All of which amplifies the pain. All of which could have been avoided by action.

    I say, if you know you need to act and you don’t, think about the worst consequence of inaction. Maybe that will get you moving.

    LOVE THIS POST! :) Have a great weekend.

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      Marlee, thanks so much for your comment! I like everything that you’re said — “all of which could have been avoided by action”. So true!

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  • Ryan Tate

    March 11, 2011

    I drag my feet and struggle with procrastination. To the point that it is a sin in my life at times. I have a quote hanging on my cubicle wall at work, and I’ve posted on my blog before too. It goes exactly with your post and I couldn’t respond to your post any better than this quote:

    No unwelcome tasks become any less unwelcome by putting them off till tomorrow. It is only when they are behind us and done, that we begin to find that there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards, and that the rememberance of unwelcome duties unhesitantly done is welcome and pleasant. Accomplished, they are full of blessing, and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us. Undone, they stand threatening and disturbing our tranquility, and hindering our communion with God. If there be lying before you any bit of work from which you shrink, go straight up to it, and do it at once. The only way to get rid of it is to do it.
    -Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910), Scottish preacher

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      >>> “Do it at once!”

      Loved reading that quote. Thanks for sharing, Ryan.

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    • Keri

      March 11, 2011

      Wow-that is an awesome quote! Does it come in needlepoint on a pillow? JK! But, I really, really like it and it cuts to the core of human nature.

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  • Donald Borsch Jr

    March 11, 2011

    Just say Yes to God. Do it once. Do it again. Keep doing it.

    He is not into us dragging our feet about anything. We are here to be about His business, and His business is open even on Christmas and Thanksgiving. So say Yes and stop dragging those feet!

    Wonderful post, D. This is realistic and applicable to the lives we have this side of Heaven.

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      >>> “Keep doing it.”

      Absolutely… 100% yes! Thanks for the encouragement, Donald.

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  • Jessica

    March 11, 2011

    Um. Everything? Lol.

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      You know what to do, right? :)

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  • Moe

    March 11, 2011

    I have dragged my feet so often that I have calluses because of it. :)

    There are some things that I need to do, that I haven’t done. Open my own business, buy a house for my family, perhaps move out of New York. Lots going on man, but I’m hesitating on many levels. If you have some time in your personal prayer time, will you help me pray for these things?

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      Absolutely, Moe. Lifting you up right now!

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  • Ben

    March 11, 2011

    Bam!

    just act, that’s some awesome.

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  • Jonathan

    March 11, 2011

    What a timely post! I needed to read this one. I guess for me right now, it’s looking for a job. I have been looking, but not nearly as much as I should be. I think a lot of it stems from uncertainty, but I got to just do it.

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      Cool, glad it was timely… now get to it!! :)

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  • Ally Garner

    March 11, 2011

    Oh this hits home today. I’ve been dragging my feet about forgiveness…and during Lent of all times! There’s a person close to me that i need to forgive & every time i feel the Holy Spirit urging me to let it go, i instead replay the hurt over & over again. I’m focusing my prayer & devotion time with God throughout the day for Lent, and have had the gall to ask for His forgiveness of my sins while harboring resentment towards someone i love. Ugh. Today is the day i clean out my closet & personal files as well. Wonderfully healing & timely reminder you gave to me today, Dustin-thanks!

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  • Tony Alicea

    March 11, 2011

    I need to get off my lazy behind and get back in the gym.

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  • Michael

    March 11, 2011

    I need to call a friend to restore a relationship.

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      You have a community behind you, thinking about you.

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  • Keri

    March 11, 2011

    Oh, Dustin, do you read that blog The 99%? It is awesome!

    I am always dragging my feet in procrastination because I just think I’ll never get it right. I’m essentially paralyzed by fear of failure. Which obviously shows that I’m all my trust in ME and in Him.

    And, hey, where’s the photographic evidence of said bedroom? :)

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      Yeah, The 99% is awesome. Love nearly everything they put out.
      …and you’re right, said photo should have been posted… I’ll have to take a picture and post a link. Look out for it tomorrow. :)

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  • Jason Vana

    March 11, 2011

    I tend to drag my feet a lot:

    Connecting with churches to grow my ministry, calling up friends I haven’t seen in a while, raising financial support, finishing up some projects around the house (I ALWAYS drag my feet on those). All things I need to start acting on.

    Great post man – thanks for the challenge.

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      House projects- you have no idea how many of those I push to the side. I probably drive my wife nuts so often because of that…

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  • Sean Sabourin

    March 11, 2011

    Dustin,

    I dare not let me wife read this post. I would be in a lot of trouble as I am dragging my feet with trying to sell our two cars. We have an ’08 City Jetta and a ’73 Beetle that we need to sell as we have to buy a new car for our growing family. I am having a hard time getting motivated to do so but I know I need to.

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      :) i know what you mean. we’re also in the lookout for a new car for the fam – not an urgent need right now, but definitely something that will need to happen in the near future. Sean, we got your back… consider this a little push in that direction to put the cars on craigslist (simple as that!) :)

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  • Adam

    March 11, 2011

    I lie that. Just Act. Motivating.
    I need to start getting up earlier and doing my Bible reading on a more consistent basis. As of lately it has been kind of sporadic.
    Thanks Dustin!

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  • Kyle Reed

    March 11, 2011

    yup, sometimes that is the most important thing…just do it.

    Where are the pics?

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      Nike had it right, huh?
      Pic probably tomorrow… Now that a couple of you commented on that, I feel pressured to post a link. :)

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  • @realpb

    March 11, 2011

    dude, why u naggin’ me???
    ;)

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    • Dustin

      March 11, 2011

      i promise you… if you do it, you’ll get bonus points with the wife. :)
      #justsayin

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  • seekingpastor

    March 11, 2011

    Procrastination is one of my worst qualities. It drives me crazy.

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  • ThatGuyKC

    March 12, 2011

    I’m right there with you on dragging my feet. It took 7 months for me to finally install the drawer handles on a cabinet (from IKEA – that place is the devil) that I put together for the kitchen.

    Don’t know if you read Seth Godin at all, but he just came out with a short book all about starting. Checkout Poke the Box or read my review next week.

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    • Dustin

      March 13, 2011

      Read his blog, consistently good stuff. Hadn’t heard of the book, will be anxiously waiting for your review! :)

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  • Nathan

    March 12, 2011

    Great reminder Dustin. Gosh, I am a procrastinator by nature and God’s been working on me with that lately. So here lately when there’s something I need to do, I try to just do it right then. Haven’t been too terribly successful at it, but gotta start somewhere…

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    • Dustin

      March 13, 2011

      Thanks for the comment Nathan… I’m the same way at times. (especially with house projects :))

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  • Alex Humphrey

    March 12, 2011

    That’s so good, Dustin!

    My biggest struggle is acting. a friend of mine put it this way, “Ready…aim….aim…aim…aim…aim…” At some point you HAVE to shoot or what’s all the aiming for?

    Acting has always been good to me. It has gotten me several jobs, it got me great grades in college, it has exploded my understanding of God, and a willingness to stop aiming and start “shooting” is what got me to ask out my fiancee.

    And yet everything inside of me still wants to wait, to aim, to reconfigure.

    Acting is what gets things done!

    Thanks for the reminder :)

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    • Dustin

      March 13, 2011

      Like that Alex: you got to shoot!

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  • mo

    March 13, 2011

    I need to just go to bed, instead of catching up on all my online friends’ blogs. I had to have a little Abraham Chronicles first though.

    Nice post :) good luck with the room! I’ve got a good amount of DIY renovation / woodworking experience if you need any advice.

    I’m also the best Ikea-putter-togetherer this side of Canada!

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    • Dustin

      March 13, 2011

      Mo…. Expect an email from me this time next week. :)

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  • Jeff Goins

    March 13, 2011

    With my writing…

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    • Dustin

      March 13, 2011

      Man, so many times I wait until the last minute with writing out blog posts – I know what you mean…

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  • Duane Scott

    March 15, 2011

    I am so guilty of being that person who gripes and complains.

    I hereby declare, to stop bitching.

    Did I say something bad?

    Reply

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