| David Gane

Effort and Fear

This week, I had two separate conversations with people. One of them said:

I’ve got this book I want to do. I keep researching and I just don’t know how to start.

Then the other person said:

I want to run. I just have to figure out how to do it.

The doing part is easy but it requires effort and energy.

Why do you want to run or write (or do whatever you aren’t doing)? Do you really want it? If you don’t, then why are you saying you want to do it?

Now, if you don’t want it but you know you should—for your health, your relationship, your kids—use that to start and seek other reasons along the way.

Most people who stay with an activity, do it because they’ve discovered the pleasure and enjoyment of exertion or the desire for the challenge. Exercise is about being active and having fun. Ang and I both find satisfaction and fulfillment in writing, but in very different ways.

And if you really want it—and I mean really want it—then do it.

Continuing to do it requires effort and scheduling of your time, whether it is 8 hours, 4 hours, or 30 minutes a day.

The biggest challenge is fear and one way to conquer it is to work through it. Ignore it. Make mistakes. Remind yourself that every mis-step can be corrected in the next moment or the next day.

Just make the effort and do it. Failing may be the only way you’ll learn to do it right.

Photo Credit: Francesco Gallarotti

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