It can be one of the most difficult things, but it is actually the most important.
Whoever you are, whatever you do, this is the one thing that can make a difference.
It doesn't matter if what you want to do is big or small, ambitious or something that seems simple. It doesn't matter what others say about it - whether they agree or disagree or think you're crazy for wanting to try.
Only one thing matters:
Getting the job done.
There is resistance.
Perhaps now that you are reading these words you are going through a period in which you are experiencing this resistance.
It's things you know you need to do, and things you want to do that will help you grow. But you don't do them.
That seminar you've been thinking about taking for months. That blog you wish you'd started the year before last. The workout you keep putting off.
Have you noticed how you usually put up resistance to those things you know are beneficial to you?
But why you don't project resistance to those things that hold you back, like Netflix shows or endless cat videos on YouTube?
And yet, the things you resist are what you want to do. Things you might like to do. Things you've probably always dreamed of.
The truth is one:
Doing the work is the hardest thing.
The procrastination you experience and the excuses your mind makes up for not doing it are not directed against something you don't want, but against you - the change you want to make that scares you more than anything in the world.
It's the fear of "What if I don't make it?", "What if it doesn't work?", "What if I fail?"
It's all the lies you'll tell yourself about not going after the goal you want so badly to achieve.
You don't have to have found "your passion" for this to happen.
Besides, finding your passion is overrated. Perhaps even one of the most successful urban myths?
You need to reflect and think about the things you are resisting.
Remember: Fear will always be there.
Don't stop when you are afraid. Instead, keep going - do the work despite the fear.
That is, after all, the definition of courage.
Fear is the only thing worth "resisting". The only thing that can hold you back.
So what are you resisting?
Here are a few suggestions you might find useful that you can do every time resistance hits red:
1 - Let the work itself be the reward. Focus on the process and what you've already done; - In phases when you're ready to give up, look back and see how much you've already accomplished.
2 - Ask yourself: "How much do I really want this? Why do I want it?" - It's important to have chosen something you really want, as well as have a strong inner motivation to do it.
Remember: Procrastination is only a symptom of fear. Conquering it requires deep inner work, meaningful self-awareness, and taking action.
A quote worth reading every day:
"Are you paralyzed by fear? That's a good sign. Fear is a good thing. Like self-doubt, fear is a sign. Fear tells us what we should do. Remember this rule: the more you fear a task or a calling, the more confident you are that you should do the work." - Steven Pressfield
A TED talk to watch:
We all try, consciously or subconsciously, to answer this question. It is one of life's most profound questions.
In this TED talk, you will watch Greg Bryk give his own answer, through the lens of method acting.
Just as an actor has a role to play and is asked to become the person who can embody it, you can define who you want to be and become that person. You already have within you everything you need.
Remember: We do not discover who we are. We decide who we want to be and become that person. We act to become that person.
Do you want to take action, conquer your fears and live the life of your dreams?
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