Go through your task and project lists and zero in on the ideas you have tagged “someday/maybe” or otherwise designated as “low priority”. As you look at these ideas again, you’ll realize that many of them will never see the light of day, nor should they. They were passing notions that don’t merit a second look.
But some of your ideas are awesome.
Some of your ideas could transform your life and take you to new heights or in new directions. You know the ideas I’m talking about. They’re the ones that give you a rush when you think about them.
You’ve put them on a “someday” list because, you’ve told yourself, you don’t have time for them right now.
Unfortunately, while you’re waiting for “someday,” many of your best ideas will rot away in the recesses of your software or on the tear-stained pages of your journal. Let’s face it, given the current state of your busyness, the most likely fate for most of these ideas is an ignominious death.
So, here’s a thought. Since these projects have a potentially huge payoff, how about putting some of them at the top of your list?
You tell yourself you can’t. You have other things to do, bills to pay, deadlines, responsibilities. You love these ideas but you have to be practical.
But that’s not the real reason. The real reason you don’t put these life-changing projects at the top of your list is that they scare the poop out of you.
You might screw up and your dream will go up in smoke. Or you might get it right and your life will change in profound, and profoundly frightening ways.
Well buckaroo, my advice to you, and to myself because I’m guilty of this too, is to realize that “someday” may never come and you might never have another time (or a better time) to find out what might be.
Therefore, choose one of these projects and do it anyway.
Pretend you do have the time and get started.
If you feel yourself resisting, suck it up and do something (anything) related to that project. . . for five minutes.
Because you can’t tell yourself you don’t have five minutes.
Write a few notes, organize some materials, set up a new project folder.
There. You’ve started. It feels good, doesn’t it? You’re all tingly inside.
Tomorrow, do another five minutes. Or ten. Or an hour, once you get excited and start to taste the future.
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