Prompt 7: June 6, 2011
Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.
A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” – Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.
Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
(Author: Matt Cheuvront)
My One Thing
There are a number of things, at various places on the spectrum of long term and short term, that I would like to pursue:
Record and distribute a CD of my songs
Teach guitar to kids – maybe make a little spare change doing it
Proactively encourage a just and peaceful world
Launch my new website
Learn to play the mandolin
Learn to play the banjo
Being a husband to the hard-working love of my life and a dad to two teenage girls, however, puts some welcome and necessary restrictions on my time and resources. I don’t consider these to be obstacles, though. They are who I am. They are what help me to take baby steps toward accomplishing that list.
As counter to the spirit of the exercise as this may be (some might call it a cop out), I don’t have one thing I want to accomplish – at least not right now. What I have is one life. And I’m pursuing that, and all that it entails, everyday.