“The hard part is to just keep going.” – Shunmyo Masuno
It’s easy to start.
It’s fun to make RESOLUTIONS.
You join that new gym.
You start a blog.
You take up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Goals are set.
Then it happens….
The Achilles’ heel of human nature shows up.
Your new project is no longer fun or easy.
The excitement of the start fades like the Phillies playoff hopes in September.
Welcome to the THE HARD PART…
Darren Hardy said, “Consistency is doing what you said you would do long after the mood you said it in has left you.”
Consistency creates your reputation.
Consistency separates the AMATEURS from the PROFESSIONALS.
An Amateurs waits for the mood to strike them.
A professional shows up when it’s inconvenient.
Consistency will make you relevant.
What does consistency look like?
It’s the writer who writes 200 words a day no matter how busy their day was.
It’s the parent who makes the baseball game coming from the airport.
It’s the runner hitting the pavement at 5am when its dark and drizzling.
Keep showing up.
Do the work.
Especially when you don’t feel like it.
Because that’s where the MAGIC happens.
It won’t be easy.
But will be totally worth it.
“Freedom lies in being bold.” –
2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Democritus wrote, “Boldness is the beginning of action. But fortune controls how it ends.”
At first glance, this sounds like a copout.
But know that the final outcome is out of our control.
Do we control our own destiny?
Or does fortune?
Yes, to both.
We have the power to take BOLD ACTION.
But we don’t control the ending.
We can throw a perfect pass, but the WR can drop it.
We can have our best year ever, but be beat by someone who had a better one.
You can execute an amazing sales call, but can’t force the customer to take action.
Ryan Holiday wrote, “We control the beginning of things, but not the reciprocation. We can make the pitch…but fortune controls whether its accepted.”
So, no need to be a control freak.
Just take the NEXT STEP.
Make it BOLD.
Handle your end of the bargain.
The rest takes care of itself.
“Change starts when someone sees the next step.” – William Drayton
Anxiety mocks us.
Vivid images of our future demise play out inside our heads.
We play tense.
This tension keeps us from doing our best work.
How do you stop this cycle?
Take the NEXT STEP.
You don’t need to leap the entire staircase.
You just need the courage to take the NEXT STEP.
The NEXT STEP starts the process.
The NEXT STEP lays the foundation.
The NEXT STEP changes the momentum.
Anxiety is an IMAGINE DRAGON.
It’s a beast, only in our minds.
How do you slay a fake DRAGON?
One STEP at a time.
Step, step, step…