My Dad and I always had a tough time. He was a damn good man that tried really hard, but never quite got me, although we did finally connect on a deeper level a month or two before he passed away. He was a tough man to please if you were his kid, a great hunting pal in my adult years, but a loyal friend to the people around him. I learned a lot of lessons from him. A love of the outdoors, the value of a hard day’s work, how to trust first until you had a reason not to. Some were about how to do things. Some were about how not to.
Dad had a lot of sayings, but there was one that stuck with me all these years.
“Son, if you’re going to do it…do the damn thing.”
Maybe at first blush, it doesn’t mean much when you read it. It may just look like a Dad telling his son to apply himself. Heck, maybe that’s even what he did mean. But to me, it has come to mean more.
Do the damn thing.
At one point, it became a battle cry in our gym. When things were about to get nasty with a particular workout, just before we started, I would say “Let’s DO THE DAMN THING!” It never failed to fire us up.
But there is another meaning there.
We all live this life doing what we must. Working a job, living a life, taking care of our families. Most of us also have a dream. Making the leap to follow that dream is spicy. It is terrifying and will launch you into a state of being uncomfortable. Of uncertainty. It is outside what you have built as your comfort zone. A scary, dark place.
But if you want it, if you truly believe you are moving to your life’s purpose, there is but one thing to do…
DO THE DAMN THING
Take a chance. Make that leap. Be a catalyst for change in your own life and in the world around you. It may be terrifying, but will it be more terrifying than leaving this world with that regret? That “What if” still in your soul?
You know what you want. You know the chance is there. You know it will be hard, as most things that are worthwhile are. You know your beliefs, your purpose, your life’s goals.
Mindfulness, purpose, fitness, health, a new career. You know your dreams and goals.
There is really only one thing left to do.
Do the damn thing.