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Shut Up and Just Do It


You can find serenity in knowing that  instead of constantly talking and complaining, you have to shut up and just do it! I moved out of my mother’s house when I was nineteen years old. I moved into my own apartment while I worked one full-time job, one part-time job and paid my way through college. In the years that followed I got married and continued to work while I finished a bachelor’s degree, a law degree, began having children started businesses and eventually this blog. All of these were things I wanted to do, planned to do, dreamed of doing and talked about doing. However, none of them happened until I decided to shut up and just do it.

I have a friend, a smart woman, a nice woman a woman anyone would be happy to call a friend. I have known her for more than two decades. For all that time she has been planning to run a business. She has great ideas and notebooks, dozens of notebooks full of wonderful ideas, plans and strategies. If she ever actually decided to run her business, it would be successful and profitable. Twenty years from now, I am confident she will still be writing her plans in notebooks or typing them into the current smart device. I am not confident she will take the steps necessary to shut up and just do it.

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Recently, I met a friend for coffee. This woman is smart, charming, creative, nice and funny. Our friendship is a new one, and I like her and respect her. She has an idea for an arts related business. She has dreams, plans, ideas and talent. Over the last year, she has been doing a lot of talk about this business. She has talked to me, her siblings and even strangers about her dreams and plans. She is different from my first friend. She has made and sold some beautiful pieces of art. She set up an online store, a website and a Facebook page. When we met for coffee, I was helping her with some business planning ideas and she knew a lot of the information she should have known and made plans to get the information she did not have. She just did it, she just started working her business.

Like most people I have had some major problems. My husband was hospitalized when I was 32 weeks into a high risk pregnancy with twins. One of my daughters almost died in a car accident. During both of those tragedies I was able to keep things moving, care for my children, continue to work and keep my family moving. People ask me how. I tell them I prayed and then I just did it. The church girl in me has been raised to know that faith without works is dead and that to whom much is given, much is expected. As a result, I believe God wants me to pray and move in the face of tragedy, happiness and opportunity. That is how I get through all I get through with a smile and a good attitude. I pray and I just do it.

When you have plans for a business, a family or an opportunity talk about it, dream about it make plans about it. But eventually, just shut up and do it. Take action, move, get things done. Your destiny is not some mysterious thing, it is a thing you control. Take the driver’s wheel of your life and just do it, whatever your it happens to be.

In conclusion,  you can find serenity in knowing that  instead of constantly talking and complaining, you have to shut up and just do it! so, the question for you this serene day is, when are you going to shut up and just do it, whatever your it is?

Janeane Davis

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  • Thank you for this. Very inspiring. Makes me want to shut up and just do it. Time to stop talking about it.


  • You're so right. A person can go a lifetime writing down ideas of what they want to do and never get to it because they keep planning. Hopefully your friend and the rest of us reading it will remember that the next time we write down a great idea.... to stop and just do it! Thanks!
    It is also a great thing to pray and have faith that God has it all taken care of even if we don't see it yet. Having a great attitude can even make the darkest of times have a light at the end of the tunnel!

  • So many women lack the confidence to move forward because we fear we'll "do it wrong" or people will criticize.
    But at least we're moving forward and doing something!

  • Woo!! When it's real it's real...but when it's real you can heal. Thank you for this post. Less talk more action for me. Even the Bible says, "Idle chatter leads to poverty. "

  • Janeane - your "just do it" mentality is such an inspiration and definitely a motivation! You continuously support and encourage others. It's a blessing to have someone in your circle that sees the potential and holds you accountable. Thank you for this great reminder to not use excuses as crutches but catapults!

  • TOTALLY Agree Stop Whining& Just Do It!! LOL!

  • I had a fear of switching from blogger to WordPress, but after some talking with fellow bloggers, I decided to just get over it and do it! It's a lot of work, but I am determined to get this out of the way!

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