If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. – Henry Ford
Our worst selves is the one that procrastinates because we spend to much of our time overthinking about what we want to do. We end up easily talking ourselves out of getting more active, writing that next great post, and not working on that todo list.
Get out of your own way. Jump in. It’s kind of like a bungee jump off a bridge. It looks way to scary and impossible to accomplish when you first take inventory of the situation. Then you begin to assess the risk and the work to do the jump. You’ve convinced yourself that maybe this isn’t the right time or place in the journey to jump. Pretty soon, you’ve unhooked your harness and you have completely backed out. Fear wins.
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. —Henry Ford
Or, you do the count down, stop thinking yourself out of it, and just take the leap. Once you do it and complete the feat, you are changed and exhilarated by the experience. You want more of it and you approach life with a little more attitude. Better in fact for doing it. No, I have never bungee jumped off a bridge. I have felt that exhilaration after taking the leap into things just as exciting. Once I just stopped the inner monologue with myself about all the reasons why or why I should not get started it was clear I needed to just jump.
Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM! – William Wallace
One focus is key. Make sure you’re not multi-tasking. Scientifically it’s impossible to give 100% to more than one thing at a time. If it’s a big and audacious goal you’re going after, it has to get your complete focus and attention. Not just part of it. Your success rate of completing your goal and completing it with incredible accuracy multiplies when it’s just that one thing your go after. Do your best to consolidate the work or task. The more you fracture your focus, the quicker you lose gas moving towards your effort because you are literally splitting yourself in two or three or four. Not to mention, one thing, is easier to think about than ten.
I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest. – Venus Williams
Just a couple of really simple things to get you into your work faster and harder. Most of the time we procrastinate because we spend way to much time thinking about what we want to do. Move into it, lean in, and give it some gas. Stop over analyzing it all. Sometimes the best thing to do is just take a step forward and think along the way.
Thanks for reading. Hope September is starting off great for you.