People like to say “there’s nothing more powerful than an idea.”
That’s bullshit. Ideas are worthless on their own.
Action is what matters, and deadlines are how action gets done.
There’s nothing more powerful than a deadline.
Use deadlines to your advantage. Be specific about where and when you’ll get things done. Put deadlines and actions on your calendar. Get other people involved so your deadlines have consequences.
Don’t be afraid of deadlines. Instead, learn to use them to your advantage, to turn those precious ideas into the actions that really matter.
Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this. Your work is going to suck in the beginning.
The Work and The Results are two different things. You can’t say “I want to do the results.” You can only say “I’m going to do the work.” You might want to accomplish the results, but results only happen because of the work you do.
Any project or system that involves people, no matter how well-intentioned, eventually loses luster once the initial excitement and momentum wears off. Everything becomes a job after long enough, no matter how infatuated you were in the beginning.
Motivation is a funny thing. We can feel sluggish, depressed, tired and unmotivated towards the work we *know* we want/need to get done.
I read last week that a record number of people are leaving their jobs. They’re leaving because we’re in a tight labor market right now, and finding a better job is easy.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You start working on a new task, which requires you to do some research or look something up.