Goals, plans, ideas, creativity, persistence, motivation, determination, ingenuity, resources, dreams, and intent are all useless if you don’t actually start doing what you want to be doing.
If you don’t do anything…. you’re going nowhere.
Don’t let anything hold you back. Not doubt (self or otherwise), procrastination, negative comments, fear of failure, fear of making mistakes, actually making mistakes, etc.
Unless aliens are invading, do it – whatever your ‘it’ happens to be (as long as you’re not involving clowns, I’m good). Even then you could be keeping video documentary and exposing the nefarious plans of the talking squirrels that let the aliens in on how to take us down.
ACTIVE VS. PASSIVE
When writing a novel, we’re told that our main characters need to be active and not passive. True?
active: someone who takes charge, does something towards their goal or need
passive: someone who sits around and waits for life to run them over full force and then reacts
We can take a lesson from writers in this instance. A lesson applied to real life.
If you want to get something done, you need to be active. You need to do something about your ‘it’ and actually work towards it.
Fire does not wait for the sun to be hot, nor the wind for the moon, to be cool.
FOCUS + THICK SKIN
focus: close attention, concentration
Put blinders on. Focus! If you digress even a little when you don’t have your main purpose solidified (or even when you do), you’ll end up all over the place and frustrated, ready to give up.
No thrown in towels, people!
It’s like Shifu said in “Kung Fu Panda”:
“Focus… Panda… Focus!”
thick skin: the ability to not let criticism get to you and not to let it show if it does
You’re going to need it.
People are going to put you and what you’re doing down. You can’t let it get to you. What they have to say doesn’t change who you are.
JUST DO IT, STAY FOCUSED, AND GROW THICK SKIN
In one of those rare moments of clarity afforded to me, I realized this was my problem.
Notice I said ‘was’.
Just Do It – Easier said than done, I know.
But nothing worth it is ever easy, spelled out for you, or complete with a how-to guide (or an old wise person who knows everything about it and has the insatiable urge to turn you into an expert on it).
Challenges are good for us. They help us figure out who we are, just how much we can handle, and how badly we want/need what we’re working towards.
The brick walls are there to stop people who don’t want it badly enough.
– Randy Pausch