Doing is what anchors the vision. Vision is what lifts the doing.
Without vision, doing is pointless activity. At best, it is meeting standards, delivering on goals, complying to rules. It ends the moment it has achieve its purpose. It is static as it does not allow for growth.
Without doing, vision is but a dream. A gap that will just be filled with delusion and dissatisfaction. The continuous wondering of a restless mind. It is static as well as it does not set you out on a journey.
Doing and vision go together. Keep this in mind the next time you sit down to work on your goals.
Two years ago, I committed to becoming a more active person. I had started running regularly and I had set myself the goal to run a half-marathon by the summer of 2021.
And it’s ok. Because when you stretch your practice, some times you grow. Other times, you fail.
I have known I would have failed for some times now. So, my focus has been on two things. First, on the times I have actually went running. While you are building an habit, keep in mind the times you have actually stuck to it, and it will be more difficult to be overwhelmed by the despair for the beats you have missed. Second, on the commitment I had taken, which is still valid: I want to become a more active person.
If you do focus your attention on these two things, it’s going to be a whole lot easier to get back on track.
We idealize what we don’t know and we dismiss what we know.
Then we fill the gap with misery.
We should kill our ideals, not to put a stop to our ambition, but to appreciate that we already have all we need to be at peace.
After one year (and counting) dealing with social distancing, isolation, uncertainty, fear of sickness and death, confinment, lack of freedom, impossibility to meet family and friends, video-conferencing, constant worrying.
We are all exhausted.
So if you are too, that is fine.
If you struggle to find motivation, if you do not want to get started, if you would rather call in sick, if you start thinking it’s not worth it.
You are not alone.
Reach out to somebody today. Tell them about how you feel. Listen as they tell you how they feel. And find a companion.
We all need that now.
Many business books (strategy books, leadership books, self-improvements books) present their ideas in a villain vs hero way.
On one side, there are undesirable strategies, leadership styles, behaviours, tactics and on the other are desirable strategies, leadership styles, behaviours, tactics.
And this is where they fail to inspire change, for two reasons mainly. First of all, very few people identify with the villain – I am not the villain, then why should I change?. And secondly, the positive features of the hero are presented as innate, almost magical – I am not a demi-god, so why bother?.
A villain turned hero approach would probably be more effective. It would humanize failure, introduce shades of grey, and make the whole story more approachable and relatable.
This is something to keep in mind also for the next story you are going to tell.