One problem with shortcuts is that they work.
If your sales are flatlining, a discount will probably boost them.
If you are nearing the deadline, cramming all the info you have in a format that is difficult to read will probably allow you to make it.
If you need more visitors, a catchy headline will probably get you more clicks.
If you want that bonus, you will probably get it with a good enough job.
If you want to be noticed, blabbering for 20 uninterrupted minutes in the next meeting will probably make people remember you.
Shortcuts work. And that’s pretty much where their utility ends.
They are not a basis for your next leap, a foundation on which you can build your future, a stone to step on to get closer to the change you wish to make.
Shortcuts are in the moment. And living one shortcut at a time can be an exhausting addiction.
Time to stop now.
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.
If you want to become a writer, read a lot and write a lot.
If you want to become a director, watch a lot of movies and make a lot of movies.
If you want to become a musician, listen to a lot of music and make a lot of music.
If you want to become a content marketer, consume a lot of content and create a lot of content.
If you want to become a public speaker, check out a lot of talks and give a lot of talks.
There really is no other way.
You learn from others and you practice what you learn at scale.
It’s an iterative process and it never ends.
Today is a great day to start.