One step at a time – even when it’s hard
I walk about 5 miles a day – on most days. Some days the walk seems really easy. A breeze. It goes so fast that I’m almost inspired to do another lap of my ritual path through the neighborhood. Some days it’s really hard. A total slog. It’s all I can do not to turn back – except I’d have to walk back and that wouldn’t reduce the torture.
Today was a slog. But I did it anyway.
When I got back I realized that I was glad I walked. Glad it was over, but glad I walked. And I think that’s what anything that is worthwhile is like – running a company, leading a team, even simply having a relationship! It’s not always a breeze. But if we don’t keep doing it, even when it’s hard, we don’t get anywhere.
When I first started my business, I decided to write a monthly newsletter. At the time the whole blog-thing was a mystery to me and seemed far too arduous (daily?! What, am I crazy?!). So I wrote the newsletter monthly, until I didn’t. The writing of the newsletter was always such a stressful endeavor because my perfectionism kicked in and to write something that was reader-worthy felt like such a big deal. Then when life got busy and I didn’t get my newsletter out…and didn’t get it out…and didn’t get it out… the enormity of how perfect it needed to be – the first newsletter after a dearth of newsletters – froze me in my writing tracks. When I returned to Dallas and brought the OnStage grads together for a happy hour, one of my brilliant senior marketing execs said to me, “So…what happened to the newsletters? We all thought you had fallen off the planet.” I stood there like a deer in the headlights. Caught.
Well today I am killing the “newsletter” and taking the first step toward blogging. One step today. Hopefully the next one tomorrow. Right now it feels hard. I’ve officially unleashed what Seth Godin refers to as my “Lizard Brain” (aka amygdala hijack), as I step into the anti-perfect-writing-realm in attempts to truly connect and learn. I find it ironic that I work all the time with people to help them move through their anxiety, take their masks down, and truly connect – and yet I’m having such difficulty with this myself.
One thing I know to be true is that I teach what I need to learn. Today it feels hard. But I’m doing it anyway.
©OnStage Leadership, 2013
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