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allow the time that it takes

There is this constant pressure in life to change how things are so that they’ll be how they can be. Looking back on the last decade of my life, I wouldn’t say I exactly had a plan, but I never went long without a side project or some adventure. I’m not sure if the drive to always have a side-hustle came from my discontent with how things are and a desire to build a different existence, or simply my broad diversity of interests.

Either way, I’ve never felt content just doing one thing. Mastery really was never a consideration for me, at least until recently–I have always been incredibly engaged until the moment the learning curve starts to taper. Once I have a foundational understanding of something, I’m pretty much ready to move on.

These days I find myself thinking more about how a two-pronged needle doesn’t pass through fabric. One hundred shallow wells will produce no water, yet a single deep one is much more likely.

Removing distractions and focusing on our goals is a beautiful thing and it allows us to make some serious progress towards the life we want. But that isn’t to say that it should be rushed–allow the time that it takes. Most things in life could be considered a practice, a daily one at that, one that we simply get better at slowly as time goes on. This is what most paths to mastery look like, slow, steady, intentional practice and honing of craft.

These things don’t have to be rushed, we don’t have to scramble to get to a place where we aren’t already. Perhaps much of contentment comes from appreciating and simply existing where we are while honing our practice for continual improvement. Finding that balance between pushing forward and sitting still.

Somewhere in there, lies the secret to happiness and contentment, that balance between personal growth and achievement, and seeking bliss within our current beings. So instead of rushing forward, perhaps we may allow the time that it takes and enjoy the journey along the way.

 

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Wisdom

I’ve heard that having wisdom is being able to take your own advice. It must be why consultants often get paid so much money, it’s usually much easier to see problems from an outside perspective. Once you’ve been in a project, living with it, breathing it, it all becomes a big bowl of spaghetti.

You can’t tell where one noodle starts and another one ends.

After two years of implementing aspects of physical minimalism into my life, I’m struggling to implement it into my own creative endeavors.

Between YouTube comments, tweets, facebook notifications, emails, and the demands of producing video and written content, I’ve found myself completely overwhelmed. This is despite the fact that I’m so incredibly grateful for the comments and interactions I have through these mediums. Add that on top of managing the business side of things, writing a book, preparing a talk, and eghem.. a new puppy, and things really feel like they’re boiling over.

It’s very easy for me to get sucked into a continuous cycle of small, quick tasks that add up to a full day of work but don’t seem to actually make meaningful progress on much. The way my schedule currently is, I’ve realized that I could spend an entire day on something each day of the week and still come out ahead.

For example:

Monday: Respond to all YouTube comments and outline a new YouTube video and corresponding blog post.
Tuesday: Schedule all Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts for the week.
Wednesday: Write 2,000-3,000 words on the book.
Thursday: Film & Edit YouTube Video and create blog post for it.
Friday: Respond to all emails and clear inbox

Truly, the problem is that I worry about all of these things all at the same time. I can’t seem to segment them out in a meaningful way so that I can actually get single tasks done consistently. The world of online entrepreneurship is such a blob of possibility and opportunity.

The work will never be done and the prioritization of what aspects need to be done is what I’ve sort of always found difficult. I know that I can get this by using the same principles that have created space in my physical life, but it’s much easier said than done.

I’ll attempt to be wise and take my own advice here and see where it gets me.