This morning I woke up and I felt like everything was pulling me away from all the things I need to do.
Texts, Facebook, e-mail, calls…all distracting me from my goal!
The “resistance” was hard at work.
I took a break and picked up Steven Pressfield’s “Do The Work.”
It not only got me to fight the “resistance,” it put me in the right state to write this e-mail so it hopefully helps you get shit done today, throughout the week and in the future.
There’s really two things we have to do to make things happen:
#1. Start the Work
#2. Finish the Work
Most can’t even do the first one so the second one doesn’t matter.
I’ve changed my philosophy on this whole “getting started” deal…
I believe you should START BEFORE YOU’RE READY!
You heard me.
Don’t prepare. Begin.
You see our enemy is not the lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.
The enemy is “resistance.”
The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, self-justifications, and a million reasons why we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.
“Preparing” too much is many times a cover up for delaying. It’s the “I’ll do it tomorrow or next week” line.
I have a friend who wants to open a gym. He has been working on the “business plan” for over 2 years and from what I hear it’s close to being done. That was the case last year.
I started with a vision but no concrete, perfect business plan.
I started before I was ready. You adjust along the way.
If you ever want to know if you’re going in the right direction, here’s the rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more “Resistance” we will feel toward pursuing it.
Ok, so you got started.
I’m giving a strong dap right now (this means high five in more urban terms)!
Then there’s this whole other thing we have to do called finishing shit!
Oh how we love to say we’re “doing” all these different things and “working on it.”
Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?
But what do we actually get done? What do you finish? How many projects do you have in the “works” that never get done?
Seth Godin always talks about and puts a huge emphasis on “shipping” (finishing). Because finishing is the critical part of any work/project. If we can’t finish, all our work is for nothing.
It take cojonas to ship (it’s Spanish for balls…I know, I looked it up).
When we don’t finish, I honestly believe that it has almost everything to do with our fear of success.
This still stands to to be one of the best pieces written on this subject (from Marianne Williamson):
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
That’s deep. I like deep stuff, just like I like deep squats.
Fear of success is the essence of resistance.
Get over it, for real!
Finish the damn thing and ship it.
A new front end offer?
A new training program you’ve been “working” on?
Appreciation that will make a member go WOW?
Some type of savings for yourself and your family?
Contacting a coach/mentor because you know you need one?
#1 – Start shit!
#2 – Finish shit!
So what have you been working on that is a priority but isn’t DONE? Are you gonna get it done this week or bullshit around it again?
What are you gonna start before you’re ready that will make a change in your business and your life (once you start it, don’t forget to finish it!)?
So go now…DO THE WORK!