Guest Post by Shakirah Dawud
I had a colleague who was very “size” conscious. She wasn’t at an unhealthy weight, but she ate huge amounts of leafy greens every day because she wanted to avoid putting on an extra ounce.
We favored a high-end grocery nearby for lunch, and I stood on line countless times behind her, loading my lunch onto the conveyer belt behind her half-pound of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and edamames from the salad bar.
Then I would sit across from her and watch as she ate it all – cheer her on, even. She meant well, and was doing good things for her body.
I’ve no doubt it was very good for her.
At home, though, I stopped eating salad (which I only did minimally to been to begin with). She ate enough of it for me for a year within something like three weeks. I’d lived the experience vicariously through her, and I was stuffed.
The problem was, it was totally psychosomatic.
I hadn’t eaten a bite of the green stuff – was avoiding it, in fact – and was thus missing out on a ton (I’m not kidding about how much she ate!) of beneficial nutrition.
Anybody stuffed to bursting
with tips from within and outside your community on how to use Google Plus? No? How about Pinterest? Thought so. But that’s not all that’s out there to keep you busy.
You’ve been watching people’s new websites pop up, following along as they record their journey to stay hip to the social media happenin’s, finding new opinions and angles about whether or not a particular strategy is worth your time…
And all along you’re thinking, I need to stop procrastinating and get on this, it’s crucial to my business growth and development.
The truth is, you’re not procrastinating.
It’s just become too difficult for you to get motivated because you’re currently bearing the same mental weight on your shoulders as you would if you’d done it all already. And it was exhausting.
Since this is such a different phenomenon than procrastination – even though it manifests the same symptoms (to get all clinical on you) – it has to be dealt with a little differently than the usual motivating pap.
Try looking at yourself from a stranger’s eyes – preferably an uncharitable stranger.
What would they think of your current operations or business front – either online or offline? The things that turn them off have to be dealt with immediately, or that flat line of traffic has no place to go but down.
Step away for a while.
All writers favor this masochistic but essential magic trick, which is to step away from what we’ve written and then come back to find all the surprising and embarrassing gaffes we’ve made. Do the same with your business.
Take a break for a couple of days and do what you have to do to keep your brain occupied with something else.
When you come back and notice the fact that although you know all there is to know about how to set up an email marketing strategy – and may have even blogged about it – you don’t have one yourself, you’ll be quick to start getting it together before anyone else notices… like that uncharitable stranger.
Know this: that weight you’ve got on your shoulders shouldn’t be there.
The people around you who’ve made so much progress in their businesses and lives don’t have that nagging feeling making them feel a hundred pounds heavier, because they’ve put it to good use and moved on.
You should, too.
Photo credit: Simon, courtesy Flickr, CC 2.0.
Shakirah Dawud is the writer and editor behind Deliberate Ink. Based in Maryland with roots in New York, she’s been crafting effective marketing copy as a writer and polishing many forms of prose as an editor since 2002. Clients in many fun sizes, industries, and locations reach her through the Web.
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@ginidietrich Good morning; thanks for the share! How are you?
@ShakirahDawud I’m hungry! How are you?
@ginidietrich Just ate what I will still call breakfast though it’s nearly 4pm. Bagel and sausage omelette.
@ShakirahDawud Mmmmm….that sounds delicious
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@skypulsemedia Thanks for share and comment, Howie. Hope your day is going well!
I think we all have good intent. We know too many great people, great blogs, great websites. We want to read everyones content. Keep in touch on the twitter. Often at the neglect of our own work. As I see my Klout slowly dropping I know it is because I am working more for myself. But sadly there are so many people I want to support but not enough time or mental energy. And it is easy to spend that mental energy on others vs the most important person…yourself.
@HowieSPM Much too easy to spend it elsewhere, Howie, exactly. We just have to be careful because energy is energy, and there aren’t special storage containers marked “For Others” and “For Me.” When it’s used up, it’s gone. I’ve also been much quieter, and although I wish I weren’t, it’s for good reason so I won’t fight too hard to split my time more evenly.
You know the title of this led me to think the article would be about something else. But I love the direction it went in and it’s so true. I’m a big advocate of singular focus. Whether you think you can afford to or not, if you have a big venture coming up, find a way to shut everything else out (Especially phone, email, blogs, facebook and/or twitter!) and focus on ACTION STEPS for the big project for an hour every weekday, no matter how small those steps are. Then you can turn everything else back on and work as you normally would. Because if you keep watching the world go by, it’s just like being a couch potato watching TV. YOU *feel* like you’ve had a full life because you’re watching stories of other lives unfold. But that’s not living. It’s recreation, even if it tires you – get out there and LIVE!
@Tinu Action steps–thank you, Tinu! It is like being a couch potato–but worse, because at least a couch potato will eventually feel guilty for spending so much time on the couch. We tend to call it “networking” and “staying abreast of the times” instead.