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Take Action Now – Get Your Plans Out of the China Closet — 63 Comments

  1. To dream is one thing but to day dream is another.

  2. Like the famous saying “Don’t wait for tomorrow what you can do today”. Tomorrow might not be the best time to do end and you end up not doing it.

  3. I agree you have to just jump in and do things. There’s no time like now to get something started.

  4. I believe when you take action, even if it’s not the right one at that time, you are moving forward! Anything is better than doing nothing.

  5. oh this is for me right now! I’m guilty of always putting my dreams to a later date. I’m starting a new series next week to fix this!

  6. I was a saver of everything until this past year. I am letting things go and using everything we have. Including my grandmother’s silver passed down several generations.

  7. Great point! I am guilty of keeping my dreams (and good dishes!) in the china closet. Life is way too short and unpredictable to continue shelving the things that we desire.

  8. Life is too short to hold back, so live it! I’ve always had a do it now attitude!

  9. I used to save china too but after my mother-in-law passed away, I changed. We got some very nice ones and I just started using it all. Why wait?

  10. I’m notorious for leaving my plans for a later date. I’m also known for forgetting those same plans and them never getting done. I need to get better about that.

  11. I don’t have china, but I totally get the picture you’re painting. It’s better to live in the moment then put things aside for “later”.

  12. I’m terrible at hiding away my plans for a “later date”. I’ve been telling myself this a lot lately and have finally got my act together on doing some rebranding I had been planning to do.

  13. I used to not want to use things because they were ‘special’ but these days I’m all about using them because they are special. That’s kind of along the same lines, I think. 🙂

  14. Ha! What a great way to look at this. We do store our plans ‘in the china cabinet’ – don’t we. I suppose I will need to think about this today. Thanks for the great post!

  15. That has been one of my New Years Resolutions – to go out and just do it before it’s too late. I agree that more people need to get out and do it~!

  16. I love the headline!! I too, struggle with this at times. I’m a fence sitter when it comes to certain things. Thanks for the reminder to get my plans out of the china cabinet!

  17. I REALLY struggle with this. I need to just move already!

  18. Such great, motivating advice. Love the comparison to fine china.

  19. I try everyday to not hold back anything.

  20. Ah, this is a tough one for me. I’m always the one to hold back and keep grudges. Lol

  21. Thanks for sharing this! I’m a big believer in doing things today and not putting them off. You can always find some kind of excuse to put it off longer. Do it now!

  22. I do have one thing that I’ve been holding back on. You always make me confront the things that intimidate me!

  23. Yes, I’m getting much better at pushing forward instead of sitting and dawdling.

  24. Such great tips. We have so many fancy things that have been passed down that we love to get out just for fun!

  25. I can definitely see what you are saying. There are a lot of people out there who have really great ideas who just need some motivation to start and follow through on it.

  26. I was just thinking about this the other day. I have been sitting on way to many things and I decided it was time to take action. We have to live in the moment!

  27. Wish my mom could read this….she is always waiting for “the day” that is just right to use something. That is why I have lived my adult life doing the opposite. I try to enjoy my things and make each day special!

  28. I love this! Don’t hold on to things, do it now!

  29. I totally agree that “someday” is today. If we don’t think that way, we’ll never go after our dreams.

  30. I try not to put off what I can do today. I used to be the opposite. lol

  31. I have a couple business ideas that I keep saying, “when I get the time” or “when it feels right”. The fact is, I need to put these ideas into play NOW, as they aren’t making me any money just written down on a piece of paper!

  32. I try not to save things for special occasions. Things need to be enjoyed!

  33. Your posts are always so inspiring. I have china stored away for special occasions- I don’t need to keep my plans stored away like that.

  34. My mom always had the good dishes, the good sofa, the good sheets, all that never got used. So when I grew up, I made up my mind that I will not have things that can’t be used. So for my wedding I registered for dishes that I wanted to use everyday (no chine here!), I agree it is a waste to put things up for someday. Enjoy what you have today!

  35. I have special plates but I do not have a China cabinet. I think I have used these dishes a handful of times. Probably haven’t used them in over 8 years! Wow!

  36. I am SO guilty of doing this. Thanks for the forehead slap LOL I love this article. jen at dapperhouse

  37. I love the seize the day attitude. I do this some days better than others.

  38. It sounds weird, but today I TAN to finally have my dog meet my best neighbor friends dog. I have been putting it off for months, but she is my walking buddy and we want to walk our pets as well.

  39. I didn’t realize anyone still used the phrase China Closet. My Mom uses it. LOL. Anyway, I procrastinate. I need to stop.

  40. I am such a procrastinator, it’s not even funny. I have a convention this weekend, and I STILL don’t have my stuff packed or organized.

  41. This is true and so many of us do this without thinking. Time passes quickly and before you know it, it’s gone and you haven’t moved forward to reach your goals.

  42. This is so my Grandmother – she had wedding presents she NEVER used because they were “too good”. I, however, just used the lead Crystal candle sticks for our BBQ dinner last night!

  43. I used to be more of a “don’t burn the candle, let it sit nicely for a special occasion” kind of person. But, my mother passed away unexpectedly 5 years ago and that had a profound effect on me. I am much more apt to live in the moment and not put off what I can do now til later. Enjoy life, get done what you want to do…it passes very quickly!

  44. The pink in the flowers are so bright! This china is just stunning!

  45. Very true! I’m not complacent any more to sit around and wait for things to happen. I have more of can-do attitude now that I’m older.

  46. Totally agree. That’s why we’ve been using the china I inherited from my sister a few times a month. And the kids use their silver baby cups all the time.

  47. These are cute chinas. Haven’t seen anything like this in years though. My grandma had a lot of them. A lot of them are quite pretty though, aren’t they?

  48. I so need to pull my china out and use it. It’s just sitting there taking up space.

  49. Great post. Why do we all do that? I also have a closet full of “good” linens that I never use. I’m pulling them out today and will have a nice, new, fluffy towel after my shower. Thank you!

  50. I never understood the notion of special china to only be used on special occasions that may or may not ever come. Life it too short. Live every day as a special day.

  51. Wow, I agree! We have a bad habit of saving things for special occasions, but what if we never get that opportunity?!

  52. What a great inspirational posting. Thank you for inspiring me today to take action.

  53. I used to save things for special … I am older now and find each day I can get out of bed is pretty special. I now use things I would never have thought of using before.

  54. I am the worst about doing this! I always save things for later … or the perfect occasion… then they never get used!

  55. I started wearing my nice clothes when I’m doing my mundane, everyday stuff, instead of waiting until a special occasion. It makes a difference in how I feel everyday.

    I love your China cabinet analogy. That is such a perfect representation for all those things we put off until layer instead of starting now.

  56. Yes! It’s always easier to put something off until later, but later doesn’t always happen. We end up waiting around forever and never actually doing anything!

  57. Sometimes I do feel like I put things off for later and that later never seems to come. A lot of the things I need to take action on, though, require time and money that I just don’t have at the moment.

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