My friend Lee. What is there to say. He’s a genius.
He came over today to hang out, eat pizza, keep me company while I’m bored out of my mind healing from a broken leg. As he was leaving, we started geeking out about all these amazing ideas that we have, and I said something to him that’s been banging around in my head for a while.
Now, I’m an idea guy. I constantly have ideas for things I want to do, businesses I want to start, blogs I want to write…….. (oh hey!), products I want to create, and lives I want to live.
I have SO. MANY. FREAKING. IDEAS!
But if they all have one thing in common, it’s that more often than not, they don’t get pursued to their conclusion. In other words, I talk a lot of talk, but don’t walk a lot of walk. I’m fully, painfully aware of my parents’ concern over whether I’ll ever actually create any of these things I’m always talking about wanting to do. And I’ve been thinking lately about why that is. Is it a fear thing? Am I afraid I’ll fail, or is it that I just have no idea where to begin, and how to make these things happen?
Well the truth of the matter is that it’s definitely more of the latter. I’m not so much afraid to fail, as I’m just not sure how or where to begin. My mother is convinced business school will help. And yeah, 10 years ago maybe she’d be right, but at 30, I don’t really feel like wasting that time. If I want something to happen, I need to start doing it now. I need to just start pounding the damn pavement, asking questions, and figuring it the fuck out. Right?
But still. STILL, I find myself hesitant.
Then this guy, Lee, comes along, and unknowingly turns it all upside down on me.
“One step at a time.”
“Get it? Crutches? You only CAN do it one step at a time!”
Something that monumentally simple may have just flipped my table over. With ALL these ideas swirling around in my head, it’s hard to know WHICH thing to focus on today, WHICH thing to pursue first, WHICH thing is more likely to succeed. WHERE should I focus my attention?
But you know what? Just like me and my damn broken leg, one step at a time isn’t only the best plan, it’s the ONLY fucking plan.
This blog post isn’t so much to inspire you, but it’s to inspire myself. I can only do one thing at a time, so pick something – at total fucking random if you want – and just do it. Take one step. One step a day is one step more than you’ve been doing. Break it down into manageable chunks, create a dart board with options, and throw a dart at random to see what you work on today. Who cares how you pick? Just PICK SOMETHING AND DO IT, because the DOING will inform what’s next.
And maybe that’s how these ideas become reality.