Jun 5 2012

“I know I should, but…”

How many times have we all said, “I know I should do ________ ” and then failed to do it?

For most of us, the answer would be in the thousands.

Whether it’s writing that term paper, cleaning out that junk drawer or filing our taxes, we all put off doing things we know we need to do.


Well, some of us are just lazy.

If we’re lazy, we tend to put off anything that takes too much effort.

But many of us don’t just avoid doing things that take a lot of energy. In fact, we find that, sometimes, we’ll do anything but the thing we’re avoiding! I can’t tell you how many times I just had to jump up from my computer to straighten up a pile of papers rather than sit there and struggle with the piece I’m writing!

No, in those cases we usually find that the key to what we’re putting off is fear.

Sometimes it’s fear of failing…like, fear of not being able to write a good term paper…that causes us to delay getting started.

But other times the fear is a little more vague.

When we think about it, we often find that it’s fear of what we’re going to encounter when we start the project…fear of what’s in that junk drawer, or just how much we owe the IRS…that keeps us from starting it in the first place.

In a way, that kind of procrastination comes from our fear of having to face things we just find too scary to think about; fear of fear itself.

Take advance directives, for example.

In a recent survey, 82% of respondents said that it is important to have end-of-life wishes in writing. 23% have done so.

Why the big difference?

Most likely, it’s fear. Fear of thinking about what those wishes might be. Fear of talking to loved ones about those wishes. Fear of dying.

But there’s something very important about fear that we’ve all known since we were children.

Avoiding fear makes it stronger; facing fear diminishes it.

Ever since we wouldn’t go into a dark room because we were afraid of what we’d find, we all learned that stepping into the dark was the only thing that really made the fear go away.

The same holds for creating an advance directive. There’s only thing that will make the 60% or so of us who don’t have our end-of-life wishes in writing but feel we should,really feel better.

And that’s doing it.

If you’re in that 60%, why not take a few minutes and create a universal Advance Digital Directive (uADD™) at today?

You’ll feel better after you do.


Because you’d be doing something you know you should…with no more buts.


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