Getting stuck in my massive goals shredded my mind.
In the past I chased down goals like a cheetah, but when I left Wall Street to do this, I was shot in my tracks.
What I called the chest feeling. The inability to sit down and work, let alone write. The painful thinking on thinking that dominated my head in those early days.
I had a dream to do something big, but I couldn’t even get myself to do it small.
It’s for this reason that I build highly systematic approaches for myself and my clients to wake up and crush our days, and I can’t emphasize enough the power of daily systems like this.
Yet it was from years of stuck thinking on massive goals that I discovered the secret is…
Stop Making It So Massive!
Our brain is the most powerful time machine we know that can imagine anything and everything at all times in every future.
One moment we’re thinking about what happened as a kid. The next we’re thinking about 30 years from now. Five seconds later that brain has jumped to what happened last weekend or what might happen next.
Forever stuck in this time machine we can become too overwhelmed by all the things we might do, and focus too little on doing what matter most now.
Instead of living in the world of the actionable, we get stuck in the world of the possible…
“But, I Don’t Know What I Want…”
If I had written a book for every time I said that, I would have written a library of books on not knowing what you want…
But I knew how to do that well enough, so instead I wrote the one book that helped me solve it!
It’s a big book. There’s plenty of stuff in there, but there’s also a very simple process that drives from front to back.
For many years I was stuck in my own head, confused, worried, frustrated, thinking all the time, What Do I Want?
But after grinding my gears on the same question for a decade, I could see it was false.
Berating myself because I didn’t know what I wanted kept me confused, but I got lucky that every day I was taking the small steps that eventually would lead me to clarity.
The brain can keep questioning forever, and, in fact, being stuck is desirous for the brain craves certainty, even if that certainty is not knowing what you want!
Yet, by continuing to take steps, as I wrote about here, even without knowing what you want, you are navigating your way there.