I’m going to be honest right now. This is my first blog post ever and I’m scared shitless.
Now that we’re on the same page, I wanted to talk about overcoming petty emotions like nervousness in order to achieve your goals in life. Contrary to popular belief, being uncomfortable or nervous isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Unpleasant emotions often serve as the jolt that fosters growth and innovation throughout one’s life.
I’m not trying to look like a super hero here. I’ve been guilty of biting off more projects than I can chew, resulting in a self-perpetuating cycle where my feelings of inadequacy cause me to procrastinate, making me feel even worse. Breaking this cycle seems impossible, but I find my success (and that of my friends) to stem from one word: focus.
Instead of partitioning your time and willpower over a lot of mediocre goals that don’t truly motivate you, sharpen your blade and focus on one outstanding goal that gets you going.
For me, my goal is to write one blog post every day for a full year. Seth Godin and Tim Ferriss inspired to venture out on this journey through my admiration of how they live their lives and the benefits they attribute to writing something daily. Yesterday, I heard Seth Godin ask on a podcast: “Are you able, every day, to say one thing that’s new that you can stand behind?” When my answer was a resounding yes, I knew that now was the time.
Don’t reinvent the wheel
Find role models that you deeply admire, and try to understand what about their lives gets you so excited. After finding one activity that you know contributes to their success, emulate them!