“Lille bit by lille bit” (little bit by little bit, with Ls instead of Ts) was one of my mother’s pearls of wisdom, articulated with a Ukrainian accent in a compassionate and supportive tone. She had many of these pearls, which, over time I’ll share with you. Essentially, this one focuses on the “bite-size” or “baby step” approach to applying all that you already have to your life, what you make of it and how you live it.
I’ll explain the kaleidoscope analogy in another blog installment. First things first: what follows is my first attempt at a blog when I was still blogless. I sent this one to one of my trusted advisors, who wrote back, “While I’m reading this, why don’t you sign up for a blog?”. So I did. I stopped thinking and started doing.
I’m The Idea Girl. I’m a strategist. I map things out. I develop solutions. I have great ideas. And lots of them. Ideas for me, ideas for others.
It was recently brought to my attention by a trusted advisor and muse that I seem to fall back on, “Well… I’ve been doing some more thinking about this idea, and…” instead of actually starting to do something with that idea, and thinking more along the way. She gave me a less-than-gentle nudge to take action. Her exact words were: “Stop thinking and start DOING!”
The trouble I have with DOING is that I think I have to set out a plan, be in the right frame of mind, get the timing right, and be motivated before I can take action. And it’s hard to get motivated to “do”, as many of us know very well. One of my mentors has always maintained that ACTION breeds MOTIVATION, not the other way around. So I have to jump in with both feet and stop waiting to be motivated to act on my ideas.
This first blog is my effort to “start DOING.” It was part of my new website plan which — you guessed it — I haven’t acted upon yet! (I’m still thinking about it.) 😛
And, you know what? That action motivates you to take further action makes so much sense. Even if it’s something like cleaning out a closet or sorting photos. Or orchestrating a career change. Or researching a new cell phone plan (ARGH!!). Or writing a blog to motivate people to maximize their full potential. Once you actually start doing, it motivates you to do more.
You’ll see what I mean if you try this: Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes. Begin your task, even if it’s a big one, knowing that when the timer goes off, you can stop. Chances are, you won’t stop when the timer beeps. I’ve done this a few times when I knew that I really had more than the allotted time available, and in every instance, I wanted to continue to do a bit more because I felt so good with the progress I was making that I didn’t want to lose my momentum. And it thrilled me to know what I was capable of doing.
It’s like having your sadistic personal trainer make you do “just a few more” reps even though your muscles are utterly fatigued and you are convinced you can’t possibly do one more … and then you pull four more out of nowhere. You had no idea you could do it. I had no idea I could do it. And then I did it!
Thomas Edison knew this, way back in the day. He said, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” And look what Edison did!
Astound yourself. Stop thinking and start DOING.