• Ted Reyes

It's Cliché But Just Do It Anyway

I used to hate it when people tell me to "just to it" whenever I feel unsure about something I need to do to get me closer to my dreams.


Whether it's a song I need to compose, a business venture I need to start, a film or video I need to shoot, an essay or a book I need to write, or a project I need to launch, I always find myself doing everything to prepare for it but fall short in actually doing it. I always find myself on the edge of the diving board but could not summon the will and strength to take the plunge. And then people, go: "Why don't you just do it?"


Yeah, right! Just do it! Don't they know that It's such a frightening phrase and a very difficult thing to do?

Most of the time, I don't do it. I don't do it because it shakes me to the bone to think of the unknown results of me just doing it. I can't do it. So don't tell me to just do it!


Just do it. But what if I fail?

Just do it. Is it the right thing?

Just do it. Am I good enough to do it?

Just do it. What will my family and friends say?

Just do it. What if it's a disaster?

Just do it. I might need more equipment?

Just do it. Maybe my tools aren't enough?

Just do it. Maybe I need more training?

Just do it. Is this what I really want to do?

Just do it. Perhaps this is just a waste of time?

Just do it. What if people hate it?

Just do it. What if people hate me?


But the truth is, I have what it takes to do it. I know that. I don't need more equipment nor I should pay attention to what other people say. And who cares if it fails or if the outcome is not good? Ultimately, if I am happy doing it, that's what really counts, isn't it?

Outside validation plays no part in accomplishing what I want to do nor dictating how I should feel. Everything is in me. I have what it takes to fulfill my dreams. That's the truth.


I have everything I need to do what I love to do. The rest are excuses.


So yes, no matter how hard it is, this time, I will Just Do It.