The downside of good intentions

At the start of the year, one of my intentions for this year was to write every day. It seemed an easy intention, as writing is my passion. I also set the rule that I shouldn’t intend what to write each day, I would just put my fingers on keyboard and type type type, or pen to paper and write write write. Guess what? I didn’t.

My critical error

I failed because I made one critical error. I intended it. That’s it.

I didn’t do anything to make it happen. I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t make time for it. didn’t create space for it. This last one is quite literary. My office is an ungodly mess 🙂

I didn’t build in any sort of system to get myself to write. My mind was happy, because I intended to do something, but there was no actual writing.

I realised two things:

  1. Mind likes intentions. They are like hanging up blank canvases with a post it note to do something, but then not doing the actual work. They are just candy, making you feel happy for a while. Then the moment comes when it dawns on you that you you didn’t actually work. Your stomach sinks, and you feel low. Then fear gets to throw a party with its friends doubt and guilt. The important thing is also that fear hates actions. Actions mean you play with your fear and give it a big swift kick in the behind.
  2. As there is nothing better than kicking fear into an orbit around the moon, I knew I needed actions.

How to set an action

Set an alarm or an automatic message to yourself at a set moment on each day.

When the alarm goes, do what you love.

That’s it.

So go. Do what you are passionate about. No excuses.

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