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Are You in a Rut? Get Off Your Buts!        

By T. Kari Mitchell February 06, 2023 Mindset

Although “procrastinate” is a verb, it lacks action and commitment. Nothing ever gets done by procrastinating.

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

— Don Marquis

How much time have you spent preparing to take action? Days? Months? Years? What are you waiting for? No more excuses! If you’ve been in a rut, it’s time to get off your buts.

Do Any of These Statements Sound Familiar?

  • I’d like to begin, but I’m not ready.
  • I’m really busy today, but I promise to work my plan tomorrow.
  • I have a really great idea, but I’m not smart enough to execute it.
  • I’m ready to move forward, but first I’m going to consult my friends.
  • I really wish I could pursue my passions, but I don’t have time.
  • I’m ready to begin building my business, but what if I fail?
  • I’d like to pursue my dreams, but I may be too old now.

The above excuses and self-imposed limitations will keep you stuck in the groan zone: Darn! Oh well! I told you it wouldn’t work out! Too bad! The longer your buts stay stuck to your easy chair, entertaining negative chatter, the harder it will be to mobilize your magnificent plan.

Time to move forward. No need to apologize for past inaction. Choose to end this self-sabotaging cycle today. Know that you already have everything you need to begin now!

Allow Me to Help You Get Off Your Buts

It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth — and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up — that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.

— Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Are you ready? First, I’d like for you to stand. Great! You’re doing just fine. Next, walk over to your desk or workstation (if you don’t have one, imagine where it’s going to be) and pick up a notebook and pen. Super! You’ve just consciously taken your first few steps toward mobilizing your intention.

Now, in your notebook, write action steps that you will accomplish this week. It’s okay to begin with baby steps.

Prepare a Tentative Plan

Your plan doesn’t need to be perfect, but it will keep you organized. Start by jotting down little things you can do each day this week. Setting an intention to honor your God-given gifts and talents is a move in the right direction.

Consider Ways to Get Involved

Make a few calls to businesses in your area or check online for organizations that may benefit from your expertise. The reference desk at your local library is a valuable resource. Are there volunteer opportunities in your community? Could a part-time job help you learn more about your trade or refine your skills?

Check Out Upcoming Classes

Perhaps a weekend seminar will spark a bright idea. Plus, you’ll be meeting with other people who have similar interests. Committing to lifelong learning will help keep you motivated.

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

You’ll Be Amazed What Happens When You Honor Your Intention

The positive energy begins to flow, and the universe opens up to support you. Every few weeks, celebrate your progress. For example, play your favorite song and sing along at the top of your lungs. Or invite a friend to lunch and share your progress. You may want to journal about how much you’ve accomplished and how much you’ve learned. Doesn’t that idea feel good?

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases, and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

— Wayne Gretzky

Whole health is about nourishing ALL aspects of your being, not just eating healthfully and exercising. Fulfilling your life’s purpose and sharing your passions with others are essential components.

You say you want to…

Paint. Play the piano or violin. Start a charity. Create your own publishing company.

No more excuses. The power is within you. It’s time to slap your buts out of the way so you can get on with your dream.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What dream have you put on hold? What seems to be preventing you from taking your first few steps? Imagine yourself six months from now making progress toward your life goals. What do you see? How do you feel?

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Karen Huwyler

Excellent advice! Today I begin a new project to get out there and give back by volunteering to assist the art teacher for the 1st and 3rd grades at my local elementary school. I’m an amateur artist and love working with children. So, here I go!


Awesome, Karen! Serving teachers and children can be so rewarding. Enjoy! TK😇


Wow loved this article


So glad you were inspired by the article, Sue! Blessings, TK😇

Mo korte

Keep trying the new food plan to lose those extra 10 lbs. plus, but keep getting derailed.
fell on ice when going out to exercise club. Haven’t been back since. Helping with sick mom in hospital and rehab, sick animal in hospital, 2 adult kids moved home for interim…
very difficult to convince myself to get back on bandwagon.

started back on riding bike on base,ent. Maybe baby steps?.

A Shively

Hi Mo, hope you will get this message: Never Give Up. You have so much on your plate right now. Well done for starting back on the bike, that’s heroic – just keep taking those steps. Get up and carry on. I fight battles with snacking, knee replacement pain, inertia, depression, anxiety – every day. And most days I lose some of those fights! But something makes me get up and start over. Hope you find your ‘something’ because it will bring you joy and self-esteem. All the very best!!


A, deciding to “never give up” and discovering “your something” to help keep you moving in the right direction are powerful life affirmations. Thanks for posting! Blessings, TK😇


Thanks for sharing a piece of your life, Mo. The fact that you’ve started back riding your bike speaks volume about your strength and determination. Keep moving forward with baby steps. And remember to schedule sacred time for yourself. Blessings, TK😇

The Author

T. Kari Mitchell (TK), founder of Lifestyle 120, is an Inspired Aging Motivational Speaker & Integrative Wellness Coach. TK is dedicated to helping mature women flourish. Her Sprout Your New Life course provides women with tools to reclaim their health, confidence, purpose, and power so they can rock their golden years. Connect with TK at

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