For a long time, I wasn’t a writer.
I had dreamed about it, but I didn’t have anything that proved it. Nothing had been written.
Evading and denying my inner writer caused great anguish and uncertainty in my life. Later, I found some solace because my work involved writing, but deep down, that wasn’t enough.
It was writing, sure, but it wasn’t my writing. Copywriting is all about writing for someone else in someone else’s voice, after all. But it paid the bills.
Writing to you every day changed everything. Just that tiny bit of doing, and suddenly, I was.
It’s not like it’s easy writing every day. Some days, it’s not even enjoyable. But I write every day because that is what writers do.
Doing is being. Either we do, or we’re not.
But when we are, and we don’t, that’s when things get really messy.
Perfection is an illusion of the mind.
It’s natural, though, to look at all the ‘perfect’ pictures on social media and wonder if they have something we don’t.
But there is no one-size-fits-all magic solution to get what we want overnight.
We might get lucky, but even winning the lottery screws people up.
And trying to fit into someone else’s idea of perfect only ever ends badly.
If you’re still looking for the ‘perfect diet’ or the ‘perfect workout’ or ‘perfect partner,’ stop.
It’s not going to happen because it doesn’t exist.
What does exist are the fruits of people who took action towards their dreams, screwed it up, and carried on anyway.
Find what works for you, do it every day, and build from there.
Fuck everybody else’s perfect.
If you woke up this morning with a big old task list weighing you to the bed, this might help shift that nasty beast.
Just do one thing.
It doesn’t matter what it is.
It doesn’t even matter how well you do it!
All that matters is that you take that one little small step.
That one little task looks a lot sweeter and cuddlier than an ugly old list. And motivation almost always comes after we take action, not the other way around.
Taking that one little step will motivate you to take the next one.
Mark Manson calls this the ‘Do Something Principle.’
If you’re struggling to start a project or tackle a big task, just do a little something towards it.
It doesn’t matter what it is. Seriously — anything will do.
And you’re gonna feel great when you’ve done it.
Take it from me. 🙂
There’s an old Chinese proverb that says:
“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”
Often, we’re in such a hurry to get to the results that we’re disappointed when they don’t arrive immediately. We get frustrated when our social media posts go unnoticed, or we get overlooked for a raise.
We want the instant success that we see on social media.
But real success doesn’t come overnight. It can’t.
Because true success is overcoming challenges, solving problems, failing, and starting again.
Being successful means taking that little step forward towards your dream — whatever happens.
As you take on your challenges today, remember that the only failures in life are those that don’t keep taking those little steps forward every day. The ones that stay still.
Keep on stepping!