How many times did you listen to those thoughts saying to you – ‘I don’t feel like doing this now… It can wait. It’s nothing urgent…’?
Those thoughts are incredibly damaging. They will make your years pass, while you turn back and see all the opportunities you missed, or that haven’t showed up at all, because you haven’t done what you should’ve done. And the worst thing is that those thoughts appear, not only when you’re supposed to do the things you don’t love to do, but when you’re out to do stuff you really like and enjoy doing once you get into them, but you never start.
I saw their effect countless times, because I was too in situations when I just didn’t feel like I wanted to do something. I rather let it wait. And guess what, those things you should’ve done, but haven’t, get lost among all the commitments, tasks and jobs you are obliged to do. That will happen so easily if you let it, and the most common things that get postponed and then never done are things that don’t bring you immediate result (either in financial terms, or in any other). And those might be something that’s actually really important to you on personal level of fulfillment - writing new songs, articles, books, you know, anything that can’t be done (or you can’t feel the results) overnight. They even might not be related to the work you do and they may be private and relationship things.
So, for example, you know that you can’t write a book in one day. You write it page after page, and you may write it page per day, but you have to stick to it, and get that habit.
What helps with this is writing a diary of what you do. You sit down and write everything you should do today, tomorrow, the day after… The more goals you set to yourself, the better. That will keep everything clear and visible, and you’ll know what things you haven’t done. And when they’re there on the paper, uncrossed, waiting to be done, they make you stay up at night. Your thoughts always get back on them. You just have to do them.
Do this for some time and I guarantee you that your long term (or even short term) results will be bigger and you’ll feel them much more.
One thing that may happen to you when you do this for some time is that you stop doing it, for various reasons. Because you feel you’ve got it, you feel you’ve overcome the habits, and maybe you feel you don’t need it anymore. Guess what, you do!
Eventually you’ll lose track on your goals and what you’re doing and you’ll have to get back on track. Solution to that is that you have some kind of accountability. One thing I did was approaching my friend, who did the same thing, and asking him to exchange diaries every week.
And you wouldn’t believe how it puts your feet on fire when you have to tell someone what you have done, what you haven’t done and why…
That’s a really powerful thing. It will really get you moving!
And last, but most important thing. It gets so much easier if you learn to love it. Love what you’re doing, and love to start doing what you love to actually do. That’s the key thing, because then nothing is hard, and only skies become the limit!
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