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Just do it — Universal Principles

Principle — Just do it

Just do it isn’t just the slogan of a big sports goods manufacturer, but also a powerful phrase to think of when you feel you are procrastinating. Don’t think, just do it. Often, thinking about something takes far longer time than simply doing it.

You don’t need more time

So true, it almost hurts. From the great Seth Godin.

You don’t need more time
…you just need to decide.

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, by Henry0

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

August 18, 2011   2 Comments

Surplus of energy

Make use of the moments when you have a surplus of energy to prepare for the times when you know you will be short on energy.

Truckload of novel plots, Robert Huffstutter

For example, pack your gym clothes for the next day before going to bed. Prepare dinner for next day while you’re cooking for today.

June 27, 2011   Comments Off

Two kinds of runners

Extreme distance runner Rune Larsson on running habits. [FTBM]

Father-daughter joggers, by Mike Baird

There are two kinds of runners: those who are going to the track tomorrow, and those who are just on their way back.

Which kind of runner are you?

And for those who need subtitles – we’re not just talking about running.

February 6, 2011   Comments Off

Single-minded effort

Seth Godin on how to not get stuck, via Zen Habits. He discusses the “resistance” – the part of your brain trying to keep things as they are in order to stay safe.

The resistance is powerful, so powerful that all the shortcuts, time savers and focusing tools are powerless in its path. Now you know its name. Now you know how it sneaks in under the radar and sounds quite sensible as it undermines your work and compromises your vision. When the resistance appears, you must call it out. Call it by name. Recognize it for what it is and then defeat it. You will defeat it not by rationalization or even a calm discussion. You will defeat it with single-minded effort, effort so deep and dedicated that it might exhaust you.

Road to Cape Royal, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park (8), by  Ken  Lund

Most likely you are supposed to do something else right now, but the resistance makes read this instead. (It’s okay, I forgive you ;-) )

March 10, 2010   Comments Off

Damn the torpedoes

David Farragut was an officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War, who was facing a gulf full of naval mines (called torpedoes at the time). When one ship hit a mine and started sinking, he ordered:

Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

Every ship, except for the first that hit a mine, got through the gulf and reached their destination.

Zoom...zoom...zoom, by Scot  Campbell

March 6, 2010   Comments Off

Where your heart wants to be

(Unnamed), by Catherine Kennedy Garrett

From What matters now and the essay “Thought-mindedness” by Steven Pressfield.

There’s tremendous power in putting your ass where your heart wants to be.

Just do it, already.

February 10, 2010   1 Comment

Share your passion

Let’s say you are interested in something. You might read a lot on that subject, you think about it, maybe even talk to other people about it. Perhaps you write notes about it, underline words or sentences in books or magazines.

IMG_0858, by Alysha  JordanIf you recognize yourself in this, here’s my suggestion for you. Don’t just write personal notes about it in a notebook no-one will ever see. Create a simple blog and post your thoughts there.

Now, most likely, you can give me a long list of different reasons why this would be a stupid idea. No-one would ever read it. You don’t know enough about the subject. You don’t have enough time. You are not a good enough speller. It would be embarrassing. People might see it and think you’re stupid. The list goes on.

Do you know where all of these excuses come from? The resistance. Your lizard brain. The part of your brain which is desperately trying to keep you out of danger, to keep things as they are, to be safe. It is your number one enemy to making your life better. It doesn’t want things to be better, just the same. It’s safer that way.

But if you really think about it, does the excuses above really hold water? Would no-one ever read it? Well, if no-one would, then it doesn’t hurt publishing it anyway. You don’t know enough about the subject? Well, if you’re interested enough in it to study it (which probably is more than most people are doing), then you most likely know more about it than most people. Maybe there are people who know more about it than you, but that doesn’t matter. You don’t have enough time? Just keep it simple, and publish the notes you are writing anyway. Would people think you are stupid when they saw it? Well, what if they did? People who think you’re stupid for sharing what you are passionate about aren’t worth knowing or caring about anyway.

In fact, a number of great and well-known blogs have been created this very way. Jeff Atwood, creator of Coding Horror which is arguably the number 1 blog for programmers, has the following to say on why he is blogging.

Mostly for selfish reasons. I needed a way to keep track of software development over time — whatever I am thinking about or working on. I research things I find interesting, then document my research with a public blog post, which I can easily find and refer to later. Hopefully other people will find these posts helpful, relevant, or interesting.

So, if you have passion for a subject, don’t keep that for yourself! Share it with the world, and you might very well notice that you learn even more from it!

February 8, 2010   Comments Off

Action breeds confidence

Dale Carnegie, American author on personal development, hit a home run when he said:

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Bernadeta, by Rolands Lakis

February 6, 2010   Comments Off

Face down your fears, or strengthen them

Steve Pavlina explains why you need to work on building courage, and why you should do it right now, in The Courage to Live Consciously.

drawn by poor Savile Morton, by Martin Sharman

The exact process you use to build courage isn’t important. What’s important is that you consciously do it. Just as your muscles will atrophy if you don’t regularly stress them, your courage will atrophy if you don’t consistently challenge yourself to face down your fears. In the absence of this kind of conscious conditioning, you’ll automatically become weak in both body and mind. If you aren’t regularly exercising your courage, then you are strengthening your fear by default; there is no middle ground.

There is no better time to challenge yourself than right now!

December 26, 2009   Comments Off