i’ve been reading a lot of books lately. a lot of books about business, a lot of books about writing, a lot of books about anything that happens to look interesting when i go on an amazon.com spree. last week, about sixteen came in the mail. that was exciting. a few weeks ago i read a great book called linchpin by seth godin.
he talked about something called the “resistance”—this part of our brain that stands in the way of us truly accomplishing excellence in this life. that part of the brain is scared. scared of big actions and big goals. that part of the brain would rather rationalize, shouting a million little reasons for why you shouldn’t even try for that goal, you shouldn’t dream like you want to, you shouldn’t write that blog post.
then there’s procrastination. another form of resistance. why wouldn’t you sit down and do your work? why waste time on facebook and twitter and emails that aren’t pushing your business forward or helping you write that awesome piece you’ve been dying to write? you’re obviously scared of something. scared of sitting down to write and having it turn out like crap. scared of applying yourself fully in your business because what if nothing changes? what if you fall flat on your face?
yeah, sure. fair enough.
but what if it does? what if you sit down, you turn it all off, you unplug, you tell that stupid voice to shut up and you do your work? you could create something amazing.
i’m preaching to myself. i’ve been trying to implement this in my life in the past month. it’s amazing what you can get done. when you find yourself on facebook, ask, why the heck am i on facebook? is this the work i was created to do today? is this what the world needs from me? uhh, nope.
do you know what you were created to do? i feel like i was created to write. i was created to serve in my church. i was created to inspire people. i was created to be in the best shape i can be. i was created to eat healthy foods. i was created to live in a healthy place of rest and work: balance. i want to start doing that. you should start doing what you were created to do, too. it’s a lot of work, but it feels dang good at the end of the day.
i have many more thoughts on this subject, especially since i picked up “the war of art” by steven pressfield and my brain hasn’t been able to stop turning since i finished it. i’ll be back.