"I came, I saw, I conquered," were the famous words of Julius Caesar in 47 BC. He was describing his victory in the Battle of Zela in his speech to the Roman Senate. From what I understand, that terse sentence was the full text of the speech. Wow.
You've gotta admire a man of few words. He gotter done.
Here are some modern takes on the famous phrase, thanks to Writing 101.
Veni, Vidi, Visa -- I Came, I Saw, I went shopping
Veni, Vidi, V8 -- I Came, I Saw, I went very quickly
Veni, Vidi, Volley -- I Came, I Saw, I played tennis
Veni, Vidi, Vamoose -- I Came, I Saw, I Left
Veni, Vidi, Fiji -- I Came, I Saw, I ran away as far as possible
Veni, Vidi, VCR -- I Came, I Saw, I went home and rented the video
Personally, I identify most with the "Vamoose" version, because when I see a battle coming my way, I like to turn tail and run.
But there are battles to fight every day: The housework. The traffic. The laundry. The dishes. Balancing the checkbook. Getting children to brush their teeth, do their chores, be kind to each other. Fatigue. The same 5 pounds from last year.
Sometimes, when my M.O. is "I came, I saw, I thought about it," I can think of a million reasons NOT to get in there and conquer. I'm tired. I'm busy. I'm not in the mood. My pants are too tight. It's not a good hair day.
The longer I consider the situation, weigh my options and think about the alternatives, the less likely I am to just strap it on and get. it. done.
But sometimes you've just got to get your game face on and duke it out.
Oh Yeah. Brang It!
What's your battle today? What's mocking you, bringing you down, defeating you before you even start?
The laundry? Kick it in the shorts.
Dishes? Knock 'em out.
Naughty children? Take em in the bedroom and deal with them. That's right. Don't put it off, don't let them convince you not to take action. Be kind and firm, and just do it.
Today's small thing is to Conquer! Deal with something you don't want to deal with. It's an "action" mind-set that makes you get moving. You'll feel victorious and proud of yourself because it takes courage and guts to face the battle.
YOU CAN DO IT!
POINTS: 50 for saying, "Veni, Vidi, Vici!"
Let us know: what battle are you choosing to fight today?