No matter what you’d like to change in your life, it’s easy to compile a lengthy list of ways to do it.
The real question is why you’re not doing any of those things. Why haven’t you started? What are you waiting for?
For the perfect moment? The perfect mood? The perfect day? For all the cosmic ducks to get in a row?
Let’s face it.
Conditions will never be just right. Perfect is just an excuse that we use to stay comfortable and maintain the status quo.
When someone says they’re going to do that one thing “one of these days,” we all know the truth — if they haven’t carved out the time and energy already, they probably never will. They’ll keep dreaming instead of doing, until they eventually can’t even bring themselves to dream anymore.
Napoleon once said that “sometimes death only comes from a lack of energy.” Well, a lack of energy comes from a lack of challenges, from taking on less than we’re truly capable of, which means waiting for perfect a beautiful way to die a little every day.
Your only alternative, then, is to stop telling yourself that you need things to be “just right” before you can start doing the thing. It’ll never happen. Start now and figure it out as you go.
You can sit around and wait for the inspiration to run a marathon, or you can get up right now and go for a 15-minute jog.
You can wait for the stars to automatically align before starting that side hustle, or you can skip Netflix tonight and get reading on where to begin.
If you do this — if you cast aside your feelings, fears, doubts, and anxieties — and just get into action instead, you’ll begin a process far more profound than you probably realize.
You’ll find that the more that you do, the more your attitudes and feelings will shift. Opinions and rationalizations that were once dear to you will crumble and fade away. Behaviors that felt foreign and formidable will become familiar and comfortable.
In short, you’ll gain the upper hand in the war against Resistance and become a new person — the type of person that is doing the thing, the type of person that you truly want to be.
And in fact, this is the only way to do it. - 5 days ago