I’m not a morning person. It’s hard for me to get inspired and motivated, especially on a Monday that follows a sunny, active weekend.
Just now I was about to dig into my career transition “to do” list, when I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful my new scarf looked, casually draped over my purse and briefcase the way it landed when I put my stuff down on the desk. I bought my new favourite accessory on Friday — it was a cheap and cheerful impulse buy (yes, TR, I am still an active impulse buyer!). I was walking by a tiny store in the underground concourse at Bloor and Yonge and my eyes went directly to it. I felt happy just looking at it.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
When we recognize moments of inspiration, it opens up possibilities that lead to options, that lead to baby steps, that inevitably add up and lead to achievement.
Just like Mama said, “Lille bit by lille bit.”
I recently attended a conference called “The Art of Marketing”. One of the speakers was Seth Godin. I’m a BIG fan. I love the way he thinks, and the way he helps me turn something on its side to see it differently. I’m making my way through a few more of his books. Less instructional and more eye-opening and thought-provoking I have to thank Seth for getting my mind unstuck and generating ideas.
One of Seth’s recent posts was a kick in the butt for me — it’s about taking five minutes. That’s all. I’m going to take a page from Seth’s blog and try the five-minute doing. But first, I’m going to take a page from Seth’s blog and post it here:
(Enjoy… and take five!)
This is deceptive.
You don’t rock all the time. No one does. No one is a rock star, superstar, world-changing artist all the time. In fact, it’s a self-defeating goal. You can’t do it.
No, but you might rock five minutes a day.
Five minutes to write a blog post that changes everything, or five minutes to deliver an act of generosity that changes someone. Five minutes to invent a great new feature, or five minutes to teach a groundbreaking skill in a way that no one ever thought of before. Five minutes to tell the truth (or hear the truth).
Five minutes a day you might do exceptional work, remarkable work, work that matters. Five minutes a day you might defeat the lizard brain long enough to stand up and make a difference.
And five minutes of rocking would be enough, because it would be five minutes more than just about anyone else.
Posted by Seth Godin on March 09, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (1)
(Thank you, Seth!)