Last Saturday, I had my batteries stolen out of my scooter and was not able to replace them until yesterday. Sunday, I worked for the day, Monday and Tuesday I was on my Beijing 2.0 adventure. Wednesday I was exhausted from the climb of the Great Wall and the back-to-back yoga and Body Balance classes, I decided to lounge around for the day (cuz I got time in my life, so why not?).
But throughout Wednesday's lounging, the anticipation of getting the batteries replaced was mounting psychologically. My procrastination skills are maxed out, and I was fearful the procrastination would mount and cause me to slack on my commitments. After all, I overslept and missed Wednesday morning yoga, and wasn't sure what was happening with Chinese class.
By yesterday morning I really needed to get something done. I had to meet a lady from my work downtown to have her renew my passport Visa for 3 more months, as well as attend Chinese classes with a teacher I enjoy. Both of which were possible to access by taxi, but scooter is just much better, and I didn't want to be hauling around downtown during rush hour in a car!
I feel like I have heard of procrastination paralysis, or something similar, and definitely had it. Questions looming such as will they have a compatible battery? What if I walk my scooter over to the store and they don't have it? What about the language barrier? What if I have to travel to another store, which is much further? How will I get it there aside from walking a scooter multiple kilometres? How much is all this going to cost? To top it off, my haggling skills aren't as developed as my procrastination ones.
As I lie around during the morning, such questions drifted in and out.
In a moment, I made an impulsive decision: to act.
It's overly easily to act on impulse for many negative things. I personally fall prey to this more often then I likely realize, and admit.
However, I now know impulse can also be harnessed and used to act for your betterment! I impulsively decided to go, walk my scooter to the shop, and at least inquire about what to do. So I did just that, immediately jumped up, grabbed the closest clothes, left my apartment, grabbed my scooter and walked over to the shop.
I approach the shop and the guy who sold me a lock for the scooter seemed to have much better English than I recalled from our previous interaction. As we conversed I observed how all the things I was considering going awry simply didn't materialize! Instead, the guy was able to replace the damaged lock, had batteries which went around same distance as my originals, and even an upgraded model he claimed would go up to 70km on a charge! Furthermore, he was able to quickly fix the compartment on my back seat which had the pins fall out and the lid only held on by the lock.
35 minutes, and $120 later, I had upgraded batteries, replaced the lock and fixed my storage area. All of which further impressed upon me the importance of trying, taking action and although we often feel as if we accurately foreshadow all of the unfavourable events, having a positive attitude and making a well-intended effort can yield many positive results.
As I sped home I felt a sense of lightness and accomplishment, the same felling I noticed daily when preparing to move here. The insight of what can be accomplished with willpower and casting aside doubt as doubt is the murderer of countless dreams, hopes, attempts, efforts, thoughts and good intentions!
Many times we psych ourselves out of so many positive things before we ever try, and way before there is a chance for the negative things we imagine to happen. But. Here's a secret — those bad things, most of the time, they don't happen at all.
And even if they do, here is the secret of (financially) successful people: chaos is opportunity.
The bigger the chaos, the bigger the opportunity!
I legitimately believe everything happens in its due time to allow for what's supposed to come next and to proceed naturally. Not to say we can't influence outcomes dramatically, we absolutely can. Sometimes there are simply actions beyond our control in progress we must wait for until we can see it all happen in front of us and seize the opportunity.
Go forth, embrace change, identify opportunities and build the life and reality you want.