This quote often attributed to Goethe (a statue of him is pictured above) has always been a key inspiration: "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
I know you are already busy. And the idea of starting a big new project when you are near capacity seems foolish, especially with the holidays just around the corner. But sometimes the opportunity comes and you have to capitalize now--for tomorrow may not be an option.
I made just such a commitment today with this column. Instead of writing three times a week, I have committed to at least a column per day for the next year. I intend to create better, more interesting content--yes, I know you will be the judge--and lots more of it. I understand that writing roughly 20,000 words per month may not be audacious to some, but to achieve it without sacrificing my current responsibilities or lifestyle, I must change the way I do everything in my life.
If you have been thinking of an accomplishment or challenge that you know is important, today is as good a day as any to start. Here are the seven reasons that inspired me to do it. Maybe they will inspire you as well.
1. It will advance your preferred future.
The future will happen either with your input or without. Of course you can't control what will happen, but you can have some influence. More writing is the path that will increase my engagement with the business community and ultimately result in a better lifestyle and impact.
Start a project today that gets you closer to your life goals.
2. It will help you prioritize.
There are many things you and I both do every day that are simply not important. I am not suggesting you eliminate necessary relaxing time or entertainment. Instead, the need to do something important will allow you to edit out only those activities that do not serve you best during the day.
Start a project today that gets you motivated to reduce meaningless activity.
3. It will refine your productivity.
I am as good as anybody at procrastination or constant distraction. This big writing commitment forces me to build better work habits so I can maximize my time and not be distracted. I now have to schedule everything and make choices, which shows me I had more time than I originally believed.
Start a project today that inspires you to organize and manage time better.
4. It will improve your efficiency.
There are many things I do during the day that take longer than they should. I now analyze every process to see how I can do it better and faster. It used to take me hours to write a meaningful column. With some advance planning and better work habits, I can now create something meaningful in much less time.
Start a project today that inspires you to examine how you can give yourself more time with greater output.
5. It will give you something new to talk about.
At nearly 50, even I get tired of telling the same stories, let alone hearing them. A big project like this helps you learn new ideas and share them with your friends. This decision has started a flurry of new conversation in my circle.
Start a project today that instigates new learning and conversation among your peers.
6. It will open new and exciting doors.
I am grateful for all of you, my loyal subscribers and readers. Producing more columns motivated me to engage more with my social media and followers. Already the conversations are yielding new and interesting discussions and opportunities.
Start a project today that creates new possibilities where few existed before.
7. It will inspire others.
Since I committed to this new objective, several people have told me they have also decided to do something bold and audacious. I am of course not responsible for their achievements, but I take great satisfaction in being the seed of thought that they will take forward. Who knows how they might actually better the world!
Start a project today that inspires others to follow their dreams and take action today.