Live a story...
And write down all of the reasons why this is not going to work out.
And then make a list where you write down all of the reasons why this is going to work out.
And then choose which one of those lists you'll carry around with you each and every day.
Choose which one you want to focus on.
And then start putting in the work.
It's your choice.
And no one else's...
Whatever you want to do, you've gotta get rid of the road blocks first.
Simply because roadblocks are potential excuses.
Excuses for not doing.
For not trying.
Like you don't have the right equipment, for example.
Or you don't know how to code.
Or how to properly format that thing.
Or which software to use.
Or what app to download.
All of these things are potential roadblocks.
And excuses for not doing.
So you gotta get rid of them.
As early as possible.
And instead you've gotta focus on the core task.
If you want to do YouTube videos take your phone and start recording.
You don't need any fancy equipment or editing skills.
You just turn on that thing, record your stuff and put it online.
If you want to start a blog you don't even need to register a domain, set up a blog or whatnot.
You just go ahead and post your article right inside of Facebook as an update.
Or you post it on Medium.
Or wherever you don't need to setup anything.
If you want to write a book, don't think about formatting and all of this stuff.
Just focus on the writing.
Focus on the singing.
Focus on creating your art.
Focus on mastering your craft.
And kill all of the hurdles and all of the potential roadblocks before you get started.
Focus on creating a habit.
Maybe even a daily habit.
The habit of showing up.
Of creating your art.
Of mastering your craft.
The habit of fighting the roadblocks living inside your head...
Because you don't believe in yourself.
Well, maybe you do.
Maybe you really do.
But that's usually not enough to make others believe in you.
So what makes others believe in you when you have zero credentials?
When you have nothing to show?
Doing is the only thing that will ever convince anyone.
Sitting on your ass and doing stuff.
Over and over again.
Longer than anybody else.
And not just talking about it.
Or reading about it.
Or going to events about it.
What I'm talking about is the actual act of doing something.
Of creating something.
Of building something.
And putting your ideas into action.
Here's the thing...
Most people just talk about stuff.
About how they're going to do this.
Or about how they're going to do that.
But they never do.
And when you never do, then no one is going to believe in you.
Not your boss.
Not your parents.
Not your friends.
But just doing isn't enough.
It has to be more than that.
It has to be more than your average 9 to 5 thing.
You've gotta live it.
You've gotta breathe it.
Day in and day out.
And you've gotta believe in yourself.
Or else you'll get knocked out in round one....
Finishing those slides is urgent.
Writing that memo of today's meeting is urgent.
Getting the sales promotion going is urgent.
Responding to those emails is urgent.
All of these things are urgent.
Most of the time they are very urgent.
And sometimes your job, your life or whatever depends on these things.
As a matter of fact they are so urgent that they don't leave us enough time to do the really urgent things.
The important things.
Because the important things really are the urgent things in disguise.
And the important things are all of the things that enable us to stop doing all of the above things.
The things we're told to do.
Like finishing that presentation.
Or that memo.
Or that sales promotion.
Things you're either being told to do by your boss, your colleagues, your friends, your family or society.
And it doesn't really matter what your important things might look like.
You probably know exactly how they look like for you.
Maybe you want to give back.
Or write a book.
Or start a business.
Or become a singer.
This is what's really urgent.
What's really important.
Sure, doing important work isn't going to be easy.
And it might take you many years to be able to do more and more important work instead of the urgent work you're told to do.
And maybe you might never get there.
It's not just possible.
As a matter of fact it's very likely that you might never ever get there.
But just because it might not work out doesn't necessarily mean that you shouldn't at least try.
Or does it?
I don't know.
That's why most of us tend to do urgent work.
And not important work.
Whatever important work might look like to you.
Because we see the results right away.
And it's a lot easier to do the urgent work than the important work.
Here's the thing...
You can spend your whole life doing urgent things without ever doing work that's important to you.
Or, or you can try to build a life where you'll be able to do more and more of the work that's important to you.
One day at a time.
One good deed at a time.
One song at a time.
One video at a time.
Or maybe even one blog post at a time...
If you don't make quick wins as soon as possible here's what's going to happen...
If it takes too long to develop, to build, to write or to create your thing you're going to lose your drive, your motivation and maybe even interest.
Simply because you want to see that thing out there on the market.
No matter what it is.
No matter how passionate you're about it.
That's what's going to happen.
No matter what people say about purpose, passion and all of this stuff.
If we don't see results, we lose our mojo.
It's as simple as that.
We're hard wired to see the results of our actions, of our work right away.
And if we don't see those results we quickly lose interest.
Today maybe even more so than ever before.
And that's why its so important that you put your work out there as soon as you can.
To get those quick wins as soon as possible.
Not just to test your thing early on the market.
But to get those quick wins to keep that flame burning.
Especially when you're starting from scratch.
And are bootstrapping that thing and don't have lots of other income streams going to support you.
You need quick wins asap.
If you're ordering stuff from China put that sample you just got and try to sell it on Ebay.
Don't wait for your website and shop to be ready.
Don't wait for that huge order to come in.
You need quick wins asap.
If you're starting a freelance business don't wait for your website to be done.
Or your business cards to arrive.
Put your profile and services out there.
Put it on Freelancer, Upwork, Fiverr and all the other platforms out there.
If you're writing a book, don't wait until it's done.
Publish parts of it on your blog or on platforms like Medium.
And see what the market does with it.
You gotta get it out there as fast as you can.
And let people know about it.
Try to get them to sign up for your book launch.
Maybe even pre order it.
You need quick wins.
As soon as possible.
Quick wins are essential to build momentum.
Without momentum nothing is ever going to work.
If you think about building momentum only once your thing is done it's usually already too late.
Because building momentum takes time.
A lot of time.
And to turn that momentum into something bigger will take even more time.
So if you don't focus on building momentum and getting things out there right from the very start, then by the time you've built momentum you're probably already broke.
Or out of business.
Or what not...
And even if you fail at building momentum, at making quick wins, it's guaranteed that you'll learn a hell lot about it.
Most importantly you're going to learn that all your assumptions about the market, the public, your readers, viewers, listeners or possible clients have been wrong.
That nothing is the way you thought it would be.
And then you can either give up or dig deeper.
It's like an automatic filter.
If it's important enough for you, you'll keep pushing.
If not, then you'll just give up when you discover all of the stuff you never even thought possible.
But whatever happens, whatever you decide to do, you'd have saved yourself a ton of time, energy and money.
Go for quick wins asap...