Almost everyone has a “Someday Maybe List”
On it, you have . . .
- The non-profit you want to start.
- The album you want to record.
- The backpacking trip you want to take.
Sometimes these things are so big and important that they paralyze us from taking action. Maybe we don’t know where to start. Maybe the road is so long we are afraid we won’t make it. Maybe it’s not urgent so we hit the snooze button for later.
Here’s a super easy way to start:
All you have to do is ask: is it actionable?
Can you do something about it right now? Why or why not? If it’s not actionable, you’ll either need more information or you’ll need to break down the goal into smaller, actionable pieces.
For example, “write a novel” is a big, hairy goal. You can’t just bang that out today. It takes time, persistence, and a LOT of patience.
Most people think: I’ll write a book and then maybe I’ll start a blog to tell people about it.
They’ve got it backward.
By starting with the blog, you’re not only writing out the novel in small, digestible chunks (some publishers call these: chapters), but you’re also building an audience of people who are going to be the most likely group of people on the planet to care when you publish it.
Is it actionable?
No. You can’t publish a novel today.
Fine. So what CAN you do?
- You CAN write a chapter today.
- You CAN call 5 publishers every day for a week.
- You CAN start a blog, today.
Life is going to be a lot harder (and procrastination will be a lot easier) if the tasks on your to-do list turn out to NOT be actionable.
It’s an easy question.
You’ve got this.
Small, daily, relentless.
2 Minute Action
What’s one thing that’s been sitting on your to-do list for a while?
What’s holding you back from checking the box?
Okay, now what’s the real reason?
What’s a small step that you can take towards making it happen?