Simple and obvious, right?
Well, no, not really.
Work is called work for a reason.
Work is stuff you do even when you don’t want to do it because it’s the right thing to do.
The right thing could be the legal thing, the moral thing, or a thing you’ve resolved to do because you know that in the long run it’ll be good for you.
Understanding the last example is what will help you most now.
What’s good for you often isn’t easy. You know that.
It’s why so many of us fail to go back to the gym in March after we did so well in January.
So what can you do to better ensure success? You show up regardless – unrelentingly.
Let’s stick with the gym example.
If you’re feeling tired after a long day of work, but you know that you should go to the gym, walk at an incline on the treadmill.
Just be there. Your subconscious will start to figure out that, notwithstanding your feelings, you’re going, so it’ll start to prepare for it.
The same goes for writing, playing music, painting, cooking – anything. Sit down, show up, every day, and like magic, you’ll start trying to do stuff that doesn’t suck.
BIG EXCEPTION: You’re not going to be good at everything. Chances are that, in fact, you’re going to suck at a lot of stuff. It’s no big deal. (I quit guitar because I just do not have the talent. And I’m a terrible singer.) Keep going. Experiment until you find stuff you’re decent at and enjoy. Give it, say, two years. If you’ve given it your best shot for that long, you’re probably not getting much better and maybe should move on.
For more guidance on this, check out Seth Godin’s The Dip. Some of this perspective was also taken from Stephen King’s On Writing and Stephen Pressfield’s The War of Art.
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