Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.
A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” – Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.
Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
(Author: Matt Cheuvront)
Seriously, What Am I Waiting For? Because it’s always going to be something.
I’ve always wanted to write a book. I loved crafting stories as a kid. As an adult, there always seems to be something in the way of writing … and that something is usually just ME.
It always comes back to time, not enough time … the main excuse: I’ll make time when … but really if I wanted to, I could make the time.
So my plan is to utilize this challenge as an opportunity to get in the habit of writing and build from there. If I can write for 30 days – in the midst of all these life changes and time challenges, then I can write the book I’ve had in me all along. I can let go of the fears that it won’t be good enough. It’s just a matter of thinking so much about it that it has become bigger than it is, no different than coming to the mat whether I’m in the mood to or not, it’s all about practice … just doing the little things necessary to get it done.