after you’ve opened your eyes. Because after you’ve opened your eyes, that’s when the real work begins.
Your most valuable asset isn’t your network. Or your portfolio.
It’s your sight.
We’re blind to what is (and isn’t) happening outside us until we can see what is (and isn’t) happening inside us.
To see what’s stopping you from moving forward, take out a pen and paper. Put your phone on airplane mode. Write down the three most important things that you need to do today. Only three. Putting more items on this list means that these three things aren’t as important as you thought. Then, write down all the ways in which you’re preventing yourself from doing those things.
For example, if your goal is to write 500 words of your next blog post, but you’re worried that it won’t be good, write that down. “I’m worried that it won’t be good.” You said your goal was to write 500 words. You didn’t say your goal was to stop worrying. So, write the 500 words.
Too often, what’s stopping us from doing what’s important is our own self-deception.
H/T to pages 190-191 of Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism. Highly recommended if you’re feeling overwhelmed today. It’s worth putting off your projects to read the book in its entirety.