Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.
A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” – Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.
Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
I have always wanted to learn to play the piano or the guitar. I tried the flute and clarinet in elementary school. I didn’t get it. Those notes on the page were definitely a whole other language to me. One I never mastered. I was always afraid that I did not have what it takes to read and make music. Now, I think I could decipher those hieroglyphs known as notes.
Obstacles to the goal right now are time. I am spending my time volunteering; looking for a job; reading about photography; writing a post everyday (now sometimes two or more with this writing challenge); trying to keep up with my goal to read a bit of the bible a day to make it through it in one year; and then there is the house with its accompanying pet and tree problems; oh, and cleaning and laundry and dinner and grocery shopping . . .
What am I waiting for . . . this is a good question.