I was tempted to write this blog on Wednesday as normal however I kept feeling the need to push it out further and further. I don’t think it was due to procrastinating more like I wanted to see how the week would end. A lot happened this week and Monday feels like a month ago.
I’ve touched on this in a past blog… it’s sometimes difficult to appreciate the accomplishments we make in a particular week. Or even give ourselves credit. I know I have and still sometimes beat the crap out of myself for not getting more done. So I’ve started writing down everything I’ve accomplished in a week. Not to focus on the result but to shut that part of my mind up. That negative self talk that is always poking that is Captain Hindsight.
We don’t allow ourselves to make mistakes or take those as lessons which save us time in the long run. We think we should have a crystal ball and be able to predict every situation… “Ugh… if I only had thought of Google and new it would be this huge this I would be rich right now.”... yep, I’ve had that conversation.
But a few things struck me this week as I continue to practice letting go of that feeling of being behind or wishing I had started earlier. It’s really about being OK with a week of planting seeds and taking action on past planted seeds. Or like seeing rain for the first time in a long time. It's going to take some time for that rain to sink into the ground.
As the prior weeks seeds grow you are able to see the fruits of your labor and by taking action you get that feeling of satisfaction. Also by planting future seeds (scheduling meetings, starting a new habit, etc.) you’ll be filling that fulfillment pipeline. As long as you have a week full of both you’ll be able to set yourself up for success. With this model your negative self talk doesn’t stand a chance.
Monday I went out to Downtown LA, specific Skid Row and helped raise over $2,000 and feed over 1,300 homeless in less then 3 hrs. There was a team of over 50 of us calling people, organizing food pick ups, picking locations, tracking $ and number of people fed. It was such an amazing example of teamwork and taking action. Normally I would have been OK with that being my action for the week… but I spent the whole week planting seeds, taking action without seeing immediate results and breaking habits that have formed because I knew that the feeling of a high of a helping people in a sporadic event would fade. Much like the meal the people had and that tomorrow would bring it’s own challenges.
Normal guy with comedic tendencies... introverted with extroverted tendencies... yogi with stressful tendencies... over 30 years old with under 30 year old tendencies