Seth’s a pretty cool guy. At least that’s the assumption that I have. I’ve never actually met him in real life,
but(just like you) I enjoy tucking into his wisdom. I was reading one of he’s quotes the other day via brainpickings.org, and it got me stumped.
Here’s what he says:
“Everybody who does creative work has figured out how to deal with their own demons to get
their work done. There is no evidence that setting up your easel like Van Gogh makes you
paint better. Tactics are idiosyncratic. But strategies are universal, and there are a
lot of talented folks who are not succeeding the way they want to because their strategies
are broken. The strategy is simple, I think. The strategy is to have a practice, and what it means to
have a practice is to regularly and reliably do the work in an habitual way.
There are many ways you can signify to yourself that you are doing your practice. For
example, some people wear a white lab coat or a particular pair of glasses, or always
work in a specific place – in doing these things, they are professionalizing their art.”
Now I give credit to the doing think. Life without doing is as illusive as it gets – and no amount of positive thinking or manifestation techniques is going to magically whip up what it is you want. So unless you want to wish your life away at being a hopeless dreamer – you actually gotta get off your butt and do something.
That’s what they keep telling you! Just do it. And guess what – nothing happens.
Well there are a couple of reasons why strategies aren’t all the buzz.
- You’re part of the secret scholarly society of Integrationists. You had out in libraries and University campuses believing that you need a Doctorate in just about everything in order to do anything.
- You’re proudly procrastinating about how life can just wait for tomorrow .
- You’re thinking in side the box. No Matter what strategy you pick it’s just going to get you what you have now.
Think about this >>>
Your world and every choice in it is designed as a labyrinth that you created in a state of ingenuity. It’s beautiful, elaborate, twisted and complicated. Such is your life. You’ve craved out the path to the heart, but never really designed what greets you in the center. You were so caught up building this structure all around you that you forgot to build a door out. So now all you can do is meander in this convoluted cycle of endless doings in order to get somewhere. Don’t stop. It’s there. Waiting for you. Just do it. Just keep swimming. Just keep moving. Don’t stop. Don’t quit. Try this. Take the next left. U-turn. Try that. Just do it. Just figure it out. It you keep working long and hard enough, you’ll get there.
Maybe you will. Maybe you won’t. At least it looks like you’re been doing something.
Sure it’s an art to keep moving, to surpass the procrastinators sitting on beachscapes and the intergrationists studying the map, it’s a matter of habit. But does moving for the sake of moving mean you’ll end up where you want to be and get the very thing your souls yearns for?