Sometimes all it takes is a bit of traction to get
yourself moving again. Think of a car stuck in the
snow, spinning its wheels. The snow is so slick, the
wheels can’t get purchase and so they just spin
and spin. But with a handful of kitty litter or sand,
there’s enough grit that the wheels have something
to push against and Voila! The car moves.
same can be true for you. All you need is a little
handful of something to let you make progress.
“kitty litter” could be cleaning off your
desk and getting rid of all the extraneous papers
and projects. Or you could make a phone call, submit
an article, write an email. What it is, is less important
than the actual process of undertaking and doing something.
the Bitter Pill.
we’re not really overwhelmed with tasks, we’re
overwhelmed with tasks we don’t want to do.
burnt out because instead of just doing what we need
to do, we think about it, whine about it, and resist
it. Resistance, whining, and mentally rehearsing the
task all take a ton of energy, more than it would
take to just do the stupid thing in the first place!
you’re resisting a sticky personnel problem,
like a poor performance review or even firing someone.
Or maybe dealing with the “business” side
of business, like finances or taxes, is where you
get bogged down. Oftentimes these rotten little tasks
build up until we feel totally overwhelmed by them.
Doing one or two can get you moving again.
anyone who’s planned a wedding or other huge
event and they’ll tell you that the whole thing
seems like a big ball of twisted yarn. You can’t
book the church till you get the date… You can’t
get the date until you talk to the caterer…
You can’t get the caterer until you choose the
reception venue… You can’t get the reception
venue till you get the church… And you’re
back to the beginning again.
enough to make a couple want to elope!
works in these situations is to just put a stake in
one thing, however small. Even knowing you want fish
for dinner and you want an outdoor reception will
help narrow the field. Once that stake is planted,
you can begin to make other decisions based on it.
up the idea of “perfection”.
goal you’re tackling, whether it’s a product
launch or a wedding or a new YouTube show, you probably
want it to be the best it can be. But striving to
make everything “perfect” is just going
to drive you nuts.
doesn’t exist, and looking for the “perfect”
harpist or camera or website design is going to have
you wasting time. Instead, look for “adequate”
or “good enough.” Once you release yourself
from the bonds of perfection, you’ll be able
to move forward more easily.
you stuck somewhere or one something right
so, take yourself through the short exercises
in this article –
the ideal outcome
a list of criteria
need some shoving to get going…
progress, however small
the Bitter Pill
up the idea of “perfection”
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