There’s one problem with every single thing you’ve ever read. It affects every book you’ve read, every guide book you’ve downloaded and each and every blog post you’ve ever read – including this one.
They all have the same issue:
They don’t do the work for you.
You can read inspirational quotes until your vision gets blurry. You can read and re-read about writing a better story with your life. You can even laugh at me when I try to do triathlons on a mountain bike. You can do all that, but here’s the hard truth – reading can help you learn how to do something, but it won’t actually do it for you.
All the reading in the world won’t do anything until you decide to take action.
No one else can do it for you. I can’t do it for you. I would, if I could, but I can’t. Sorry.
It’s your life. Ultimately, it’s up to you to make any changes to it. Other people can help so make sure you surround yourself with good ones, but you still have to do the work. You have to initiate it. You have to take the first step.
There’s two ways to take this:
- It’s all up to me. I have to do it all and I’ll never end up doing it because I’ve never done it before. Poor me.
- It’s all up to me. I get to take control of my life. If I don’t like the way my life is going, I get to write my own story. How awesome is this?
You get to choose which way to take it, but whatever you do, it’s your life – don’t spend it all shoulding yourself. Just because you haven’t done something before, doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
It’s really easy to get caught up reading interesting thoughts by interesting people and convince yourself that you’re getting closer to your goals just by reading about other people getting closer to theirs. I know – I’ve done it a lot, but please don’t confuse simply reading with actual doing. Constantly ask yourself: are you creating or just consuming?
If you’re not creating anything or starting something yet, start somewhere. Anywhere. It doesn’t have to be big:
- Want to run a marathon? Start by running 1 mile.
- Want to help fight global poverty? Start with helping 1 person.
- Want to be a world-class painter? Paint 1 piece this weekend.
- Want to start your own million-dollar business? Find 1 client.
Whatever you want to do, start small. In fact, start smaller than small, but at the very least – START.
Do something impossible, today and take that first step. Then tell me what you’re going to be doing in the comments below.
If you take the time to read this blog & enjoy it, thank you. I really do appreciate it. But, if reading is getting in the way of you doing something impossible, then please focus less on reading and more on doing. Seeing other people actually set out and do impossible things is much more rewarding than having a huge subscriber count.[Photo Credit]