As I write this I can almost hear you the very same day you silently proclaimed “I’m gonna Do this…Oh, men I just have to do it! Then a nagging voice drills it over down on your cochlea saying “Oh dear, you just can’t do this now because you don’t have the entire puzzle in place…do you have the top notch publisher ready for this? Do you have the audience to deliver your podcasts to? Do you have any subscribers? Do you have the finances to get this over?” Then all over sudden your dream commences to distill…day by day…it has been 10 years now. Today I’m writing to encourage you to call that dream back to live from the grave!
Recently I rested by Time on an invaluable gem of wisdom by Steven Pressfield entitled “Do The Work“ and I couldn’t Imagine how true it is to affirm that simplicity is the mother nature of excellence. In this Artwork, Steven Pressfield affirms and I Quote:
“Don’t prepare. Begin.
Remember, our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.
The enemy is Resistance.
The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications, and a million reasons why we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.
Start before you’re ready.”
The enemy is our chattering brain.
You ever get inspired—super clear on a creative vision? And then that little voice in your head takes over the airwaves and tells you all the reasons you’re not ready/it’s not a good idea/blah to the blah blah blah?
Ignore that voice.
As Pressfield says, start before you are ready.
Ready, fire, aim.
Once we’ve taken that first shot, we can see how close we are to our target. But if we just sit there *thinking* about shooting, we’ll never know.
Don’t prepare. Begin.
P.S. Pressfield is the one who turned me on to Patricia Ryan Madson’s brilliant “Improv Wisdom”. She’s all about letting go over the over-preparation and just showing up as well. Here’s how she puts it: “Just show up. This principle is deceptively simple: Just show up. Where we are makes a difference. Move your body toward your dreams—to where they’re happening—the gym, the office, the yoga class, your kitchen, the improv class, the garage, a cruise ship, the word processor, the construction site, the senior center, the theater. You know where. Be there physically…
It’s surprising how powerful the third maxim is. How often we avoid showing up for the things we need to do in life. Procrastination, laziness, fears—it’s easy to find a reason for not going. The ‘just’ in this maxim reminds us that showing up is already enough. Woody Allen quipped that it is ‘eighty percent of success.’ Prerequisites such as motivation, desire, and warm, fuzzy feelings aren’t necessary. It is a con to imagine you must have these to get going. Improvisers know this. If they had to wait for inspiration or a good idea, few scenes would ever begin. Players step onto the stage because that is where things are happening. They just show up. Then the magic begins.”
P.P.S. Remember this W.H. Murray gem that Pressfield shares: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance the draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.’ Begin it now.”
It’s the Time to Expand your Comfort Zone and do your Thing.
What’s your Thing This Week? It’s Waiting on You To Do It!
“The only precious stone left to mine within the hearts of humanity is to nurture the ability to see the Truth in a world where we have lost the sight of that in many ways”
As always,Let’s Keep Optimizing and see you at the top where there’s enough room for everyone🙂
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