I Could Do That… Then Do It!

I could do that.

Or so you say.

Yet, you don’t do it.

So, what’s keeping you?

Where aren’t you doing it?

I Could…

“I could do that.”

I hear this refrain all the time.

Yet, it’s easy to say you are going to do something. Not so easy to actually do it.

There are many things you say that you could do.

The question is… Are you going to actually do them?

How do you finish the statement, “I could…?”

– I could write a book.

– I could run a 5K

– I could find a new career

– I could start a business

– I could get out of debt

– I could get organized

What could you do?

If You Really Wanted To…

One of the first excuses is, “I could do it… if I really wanted to.”


“You keep talking about it, so it sounds like you want to… but you still aren’t doing it.”

If you want it badly enough, you can find a way.

You may not succeed your first try. (Sorry, you probably won’t.)

However, you are assured of failing if you never try.

…Then Do It!

Instead of telling yourself and others what you could do, tell everyone what you are doing.

Because you can do it.

You just need to actually move.

Get up. Do it. Take the first step.

So, what can you do?

And what are you doing about it today?

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15 thoughts on “I Could Do That… Then Do It!

  1. I really enjoyed this, Craig. “If you want it badly enough, you can find a way.” That’s so true. I got to the point in my life where I stopped saying “One day I will…” to acutally doing it. The first step is always the hardest. Thanks for this great post.

  2. I like the thought, “Instead of telling yourself and others what you could do, tell everyone what you are doing.”
    People will encourage what you are doing and that will motivate you to start making those “could’s” into action!

  3. Great post. In Russian, there’s a saying: “Those who want find opportunities; those who don’t find excuses.” I love that phrase; in the end, every excuse comes down to not wanting something bad enough.

    I’ve seen dozens of people transform their careers; attitudes; bodies. Once they do, everyone assumes it all came easily and downplays their achievements. It’s always “Oh, I could do that if…” or “It must’ve been easy for someone like you”. Few people understand that life change is almost never easy!

    In the end, action-takers can find solace in the fact that achievement isn’t measured in what we “could” do, but what we really do. Anyone can talk up a storm, but life always shows us where everyone’s at.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. One of the very best books on this subject is Steven Pressfield’s “Do the Work.” For anyone who has to self-initiate, this is a must read. As someone who never reads a book twice, I’ve already read it three times.

  5. Another great post, Craig. Thanks for the motivation!

    Between the short, gloomy-weather days of late (and my self-diagnosed ADD), I have been in a horrible ‘funk’. I have about 1,000 ideas running through my brain, but can’t seem to get focused. I really want 2013 to be a year of progress.

    Self-pity sucks! I need to get moving.

    Thanks for the nudge. Your “Kickstart the Year” might be a good program for me. 🙂