The most important moment of everyday

Is right before you start.

You have already decided what it is you are going to do but now you are actually doing.

That act is sufficient.

It doesn’t matter if the work you do is good. That isn’t your job to criticise. Your job is to create.

It is committing everyday to a practice. Everyday getting a little better, overcoming Resistance.

Before you know it, you will be so proud of the work you have created. And you will want to put your name on it.

There is nothing more important than making the change you are seeking to make in the world.

Believe it.

Originality is overrated

Writing a book isn’t an original idea. Books have been vehicles of change for over 500 years. What you write in your book could be new, but you and I know you probably borrowed some of those ideas too.

It is very difficult to have a completely original idea. That doesn’t happen much anymore. You borrow the best parts of other people’s ideas and repackage them into something new.

If your work is good, people will copy it. That’s okay, as long as credit is given to the artist who created it.

Understand there is a difference between someone who writes (or paints or tweets) and artists though.

Writers write what they are told to write or what sells. Or worse, they try to write what readers want to hear. Writers write when they are in the mood.

Artist, on the other hand, work to do something bold and daring. They challenge the status-quo. They write when they feel like writing and when they don’t. They strain the work to change the recipient. And, most importantly, they give it away generously. Artist are out there doing the impossible, making something that has never been done before in a world that isn’t original anymore.

It is okay to write like your heroes but at some point, we need to hear your insights and your twist on the work that has come before us. We need your genius.

Discursive thoughts

Often it isn’t our circumstances that are causing our pain and suffering, it is our thoughts.

Did I forget to lock the door? How am I going to support my family? I will never be a great writer. I’m too old for this. She doesn’t love me. If only I was taller. Why don’t we spend more time together? I’m sorry, I’m not sorry. I used to be fitter. This economy…

Like a freight train, our mind is moving faster than we can keep up.

The trick isn’t to cement ourselves into our thoughts or to flood them with manufactured happiness, but to channel them into one specific goal.

Focusing on one thing at a time, surprisingly, allows us to feel more present and more aware of what is going on around us.

Did it help?

We’re quick to observe that the boss is looking over our shoulder when sales are down or that our neighbor is leaving the music on too loud.

It’s easy to accept that he’s a micromanager or she’s obnoxious and that the world is conspiring against us.

The question is: Did it help?

Did choosing this narrative help you become the person you are trying to be? Did it help you feel better? Did it help us build a culture we can be proud of?

Probably not. And zapping revenge doesn’t make us feel much better either.

How you choose to interpret the actions of others is your responsibility, not someone else’s.