Right around this time last year, I wrote a post entitled I’m Taking Massive Action.
As I look back on that post, I find myself in almost the exact same situation right now.
Trying to work from home with the kids here 24/7 for the last four months has made things a little more challenging than they were last year.
And again I am feeling stuck and with so much to do that rather than just start anywhere, I have been sitting here with a little bit of overwhelm paralysis.
It’s time for me to snap out of it.
I’m telling myself the same things I preach to my HomeBACE members.
Don’t wait for a Monday.
Don’t wait for a new month.
Don’t wait for the perfect time.
Don’t wait for the best time.
You know what they say.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
I’m planting the tree right now.
It’s time for me to take massive action.
What is massive action?
Massive action is committing and then just fucking doing it.
Does it mean 10 hours a day of action?
NO! It means massively committing to something.
Massive action could require only one minute of time.
But you commit to that one minute action with ruthless pursuit.
This requires discipline.
People often say they don’t like discipline.
It takes away their spontaneity. It strips you of your freedom.
Actually, it’s quite the opposite.
Discipline equals freedom is one of my favorite quotes.
What discipline eschewers don’t realize is when you are disciplined with everyday habits, you put yourself in a position to have much more long-term freedom.
An absence of discipline gives you fleeting, short-term freedom.
You can do whatever the hell you want right now.
But that catches up with you very quickly. And in a hot minute you find yourself totally screwed, overwhelmed, with your back against the wall, and ZERO FREEDOM.
The presence of discipline, on the other hand, gives you a big return on your investment.
And discipline is a compounding thing.
The more disciplined you are, the more disciplined you are.
The more disciplined you are, the more freedom your create for yourself.
When you are disciplined with money, you create freedom from debt. Freedom from stressing in an emergency because you have an emergency fund established.
When you are disciplined with healthy bedtime habits, you create freedom from exhaustion. Freedom from no patience. Freedom from getting run down and then sick. Freedom from losing your shit on your family because you are shot.
When you are disciplined with meal planning, you create freedom from stressing every day about what the f*ck you are going to make for dinner. Freedom from spending money on food that you never ate and ultimately just threw away.
When you are disciplined with cleaning as you go, you create freedom from a kitchen that’s piled high with dishes. Freedom from having to shuffle stuff in your sink around just so you can fill a pot with water. Freedom from waking up to a disaster the following day.
When you are disciplined with your health, you create freedom from illness and injury, freedom from a dependence on medication, and freedom from missing out on activities that you are too sick or weak or just incapable of participating in.
Life is full of discomfort.
Discipline is immediate discomfort. It’s doing the shit you don’t want to do in the moment, and then reaping the (often exponential) rewards in the long term.
Lack of discipline is immediate relief and avoiding the shit you don’t want to do in the moment, and then living with the (often exponential) consequences in the long term.
If you’re ultimately going to be uncomfortable, why not go with the discomfort that’s gonna make life better a month from now?
That’s discipline. That’s ruthlessly committing to massive action.
I’ve been very NOT disciplined in the blog post writing department in the last couple months.
In June I wrote eleven posts.
So far in July I have only written one.
My goal has always been to write daily posts.
So twelve posts in the last six weeks is not good.
It’s not discipline.
It’s not ruthless pursuit.
It’s not massive action.
It’s massive inaction.
There are multiple consequences as a result of my inconsistencies with blog posts. A negative ripple effect.
I generate less traffic to my site.
Less traffic means less income.
Less income means more stress and less opportunity and less freedom.
So it’s time to recommit to massive action.
Today I commit to writing a blog post every day for the next… forever days.
I’m not putting a finite number on it because my goal is to string as many consecutive days together as I can.
Discipline in the blog post writing department requires discipline in other departments.
Will it be easy?
Nope. It will require lots of sitting in discomfort.
But I’d rather sit in immediate discomfort and reap the benefits of discipline than sit in the long term discomfort of overwhelm and stress.
Cause that’s not easy either.
And in that scenario, I have nothing to show for all my discomfort!
So massive action, sitting in discomfort, discipline, and the resulting freedom it is.
Post #1 complete.
See you tomorrow!