Do you constantly scour the web looking for the next inspiring article to encourage you to go after your dreams, chase your passions, do what you love – and then promptly flip the kettle on, grab the cookies, and hunt down the next inspirational article?
Yeah. You need to stop that. The occasional dose of inspiration is fine, sure. If you’ve hit a low point and need a kick up the arse to get moving again, sure, yes – hunt down the inspirational article and buy that book for your Kindle. But you need to make sure you’re not only doing that.
If you are always searching, searching, searching for that ‘right’ piece of information – that final thing you need before you can settle in and do this – I’m going to stop you right there. Because you’re clearly not serious about doing this.
If you want to do something, you fucking DO IT.
If you want to be a writer, you write.
If you want to start a blog, you sign up to WordPress and you publish your first post.
If you want to start a business, you do everything in your power to find your first client.
If you want to get published on a reputable site or magazine, you pitch, you get rejected, you hone, you pitch again.
I repeat: If you want to do something, you do it. You don’t just think about doing it. You don’t just fantasise about what your life will be like once you’ve done it.
And you definitely don’t fuck around trying to find ‘the best way’ to do it – based on what other people think, or have done, or tell you to do, naturally, because you’ve no way of knowing for yourself – you just fucking TRY.
You think to yourself, ‘Hmm, I wonder if this will work. Let me try it and see.’ And then you try it. And then you know whether it works or not. And if it does work, awesome, you keep going from there. And if it doesn’t work, you go, ‘Hmm, that didn’t work. How else can I do it?’ And then you try your next idea.
You do it because you want to. Because you can’t not do it.
You will fuck up along the way. You won’t get everything right immediately. But that’s no reason not to try at all. I can’t count the number of times I’ve told my students who have become paralysed with fear and don’t know what to do, ‘It’s okay if you don’t win this client. There are other clients waiting for you. Your entire writing career does not hinge on this single person saying yes to you. So just do what you think is right, learn from it, then do the next thing.’
No amount of external motivation or inspiration can help you with this. If you’re not doing the thing you say you want to do, being the person you say you want to be – then you don’t really want it.
You just like the idea of being that person. It’s a sexy dream. Being a writer (or whatever your thing is). Having people read – and enjoy – your words. Getting published somewhere reputable. Being recognised for your ability. Shit, even making a living from this. More than a living – a life.
But you’re not willing to do the work to get there. Or are you?
Will you grab another cookie and move on to the next inspirational article?
Or will you take action?