Day 4: What if we just acted like everything was easy?
I’ve been trying this new fancy thing with the goals I set for myself — it’s called following through.
Specifically when it comes to this little business I own. (Shameless plug: Here is a link to my website.)
It has been pretty dope so far.
Before now, I had this idea in my head and I would say it out loud constantly:
“Entrepreneurship is hard. Entrepreneurship is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
Every now and then I’d switch it up.
“Entrepreneurship is not easy.”
I treated it like a mantra.
I worked as if I expected to overwhelmed and if I wasn’t completely stressed out, something was wrong.
I felt like it was my job to warn all who enter of the holy entrepreneurial ground that walk on then force them to check their dreams at the door.
But about six weeks ago, I decided to change my approach.
“What if we just acted like everything was easy?”
What could I accomplish if I just told myself, you know, this may take some time. But it’s not hard. In fact, it’s easy! I just have to do the work and take it one step at a time. It might even turn out to be fun.
And where did this grand idea come from? Well the obvious place: A refrigerator magnet, of course.
(What that doesn’t see obvious to you? Well, my fridge is known for it’s wisdom. It once told me that I was “galactic,” which is obviously the truth. And one other time it ever got a little frisky with it’s needs/wants… but that’s a story for another day. Go back a few dozen weeks on my Instagram if you REALLY want to know. lol)
I started to apply this thought process to all of the things I want to accomplish.
- I want to build a readership and get disciplined about my writing.
Easy. Start by writing one thing on Medium everyday.
2. I want to grow my business as a copywriter and eventually expand into a content marketing agency.
Easy. Keep growing my current client base. And as I meet people who have skills that I don’t but would love to offer in my company, start conversations with them. Build those relationships now.
OK, some of my “easy” solutions are much easier than others. I will admit that. But do you see my point? When I strip away all the anxiety and just act like it’s going to be easy, I can just focus on doing the work until I feels as easy as I tell myself it is.
This even changed the way I set my goals. Instead of setting goals based on outcomes, I started to set my goals based on behaviors that are within my control.
For example: The goal is not to build a readership on Medium. I can’t make you guys read. Or comment. Or click that little green heart. (Please, just click it. I beg you!)
All of that is out of my control. So building a readership would be a silly and pointless goal to make.
What I can do, however, is create content. I can write every single day and sometimes twice a day. I can do my part and wait for you to do your. (Again… Little. Green. Heart… Click it.)
So that’s the goal: to create content everyday. And that, my friends, I’ve decided is easy.
Since asking questions at the end of these things seems to be the hip thing to do, reader (since we all know there is only like one hahaha) what are you trying to accomplish? Tell me so I can tell you how EASY it is. Then get to work.