Why is it that the things we most desire to do are often the things we put off doing the most? Richie and Natalie Link Norton explore this idea in their new book, The Power of Starting Something Stupid. (Click HERE to visit their website or go to amazon.com to read great reviews about this #1 selling masterpiece.) While this isn't a book review, I have to admit, the advice in the book did make me examine myself and what I know I REALLY should be doing with my time. Not only is it what I should be doing, it is what I have always wanted to do, so why haven't I done it yet??
The Nortons explore the concept of procrastination in a way I have never thought of before. "Procrastination is the counterproductive act of choosing to postpone doing something important for a later time." Ouch, that hits close to home. Why do we procrastinate the things that mean the most to us, or the things that we really want to do?
To make it very personal, why have I let fear and procrastination keep me from writing a book when I know in my heart it is my dream and what I want to do??
Thanks to many encouraging family and friends, and to the Nortons for some incredibly motivating reasons to get going, I am finally going to do it. I am jumping in with 2 feet to fulfill my "Stupid" dream.
Another thing I learned from the book is that all of us are more likely to keep personal commitments when we are accountable to others. (That is why I always complete my work for my employer, but don't always complete the things on my own wish list.)
I am now publicly admitting that I am writing a book.
It still terrifies me to declare it openly, but now I can ask YOU to hold me accountable. Feel free to check in from time to time and ask me about my project and the progress I am making. Better yet, give me some deadlines for chapters, and I promise, if you ask for them, I will email you a draft to read.
Here's to getting in high gear and moving forward with my Stupid dream. What dreams do you want to realize?? Read the book if you are in need of a kick-start to your next project or idea!