Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.
A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” - Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.
Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
I’ve always wanted to be physically and mentally healthy; I’m close on both counts, but I’m just not there yet. I think I’m holding back because I’m afraid that the changes will be too big, or that I’ll have to give up some well-loved part of myself along the way. I can’t pinpoint what exactly I expect to happen, but I’m afraid I’ll be different in ways I’m not ready to for or in ways I don’t want.
I’m letting a fear of the undefined and intangible hold me back. I don’t want to live like that.
Tomorrow my roommate and I are starting yoga and we’re committing to a six week class. It’s a good first step, but one yoga class a week is not enough to push me into good health. I also want to try a few other classes — belly dance, bikram yoga, and krav maga. Theoretically I can fit all of those into my weekly schedule this summer, but I want to make sure I’m living and enjoying my life.
I think the big push is going to come from having a daily routine that includes exercise and knowing that it’s going to happen every day. I want to structure my life so that I am consistently using healthy habits, but I want balance my life so that I am not overwhelmed by the things I “should” do.