Set aside a minute right now and do this.
Grab a pen, and piece of paper, and then write down a handful of meaningful things you’ve been intending to do.
Label this list “Someday”:
Read a classic novel.
Declutter your home.
Get into shape.
Ask him/her out.
Take a road trip.
Play an instrument.
Start a business.
Join a yoga class.
Fall in love.
Now, on the back of that same sheet of paper, list every action that has occupied your last 24 hours.
Label this list “Today”:
Doing some important work.
Watching game of thrones.
Pursuing social media.
Sitting in traffic.
Hitting the snooze button.
Working late again.
Switching among useless apps.
Staring passively at a glowing screen.
Sure, many of the items on this second list are necessary or urgent.
But just because something is urgent doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile.
For most of us, “someday” is the most dangerous word we use: it grants us the illusion of future possibility without having to focus on that which is important today.
Just imagine, how different your life would be if your lists switched titles?
Or worse, what if you wait?
Years from now you will be sitting around pining for someday to arrive someday…
So, here’s the thing. After endlessly scrolling on WordPress and Medium, I realized: we read hundreds of blog posts every year. Some of us do that maybe every month. And let’s be honest for a minute.
On how many of those things you read did you ever take action? How many things did you actually execute that made your life better?
Think about it, and if you can come up with with an answer, please let me know. I’m curious.
I’m not saying all the things you read on blogs are completely useless. There is some great content out there, but most of it is just list of things for you to follow in order to make your life better in one way or the other. And even if it’s actionable, it doesn’t really create a value in your life or help anyone, except maybe the person who wrote it in the first place.
For many of us, this huge amount of content on the internet is a never ending spiral that only confuses us as readers and move our focus away from what’s truly important. It takes the focus from DOING. From taking ACTION. From figuring out what works for YOU and what doesn’t.
It’s not worth to know-it-all “in theory” but having no idea what works in the real world for you.
You need to find your own solutions, and only you can do that for yourself. Go out there, experience things, test, fail, tweak and repeat. Until it starts to make sense. Until it works out.
So do yourself a favor and stop reading blogs. Stop reading my blog. And focus on what’s truly important. Focus on DOING. Focus on getting your shit out there. Focus on getting shit done.