I was talking to a dear friend a few days ago, who is a very talented musician, and we talked about a powerful concept that really struck for both of us right then and there.
We talked about creating. Whether it’s creating a song, blogpost, business or anything else — it doesn’t really matter. And we talked about how, in one day, you could create something that changes the course of your life (and potentially the lives of many others) forever.
That one day in which my musician friend decided to write a song instead of being engaged in mindless distractions has changed his career for good.
That one day in which I decided to write that blogpost about how you could become a morning person instead of talking myself out of it with meaningless excuses meant the difference between 32,000 views and growing my audience versus making no progress or impact at all.
But what we realized was quite scary. At the same time, this also means that skipping that ‘one day’ by wasting it away procrastinating, being distracted, being unfocused or lacking the energy to create, means that that creative asset will never see the light of day.
This is, unfortunately, the case for most people — despite their ambition, creativity and motivation.
The Things That Get In The Way Of Your ‘One Day’
You see, whether you’re an artist, business owner or a writer, things get in the way of your creative process — now more than ever before. It could be your own excuses. It could be your subconscious fears. It could be your habits. It could be external distractions. It could be stress. It could be your limiting beliefs. It could be anything.
And when these things get in your way, you fail to take action upon your ideas or spark of inspiration. The potentially life-changing work doesn’t get done — and it never sees the light of day. No impact or progress is made, and you remain at the status quo.
Instead of writing that blogpost, we fall prey to social media distractions. And instead of creating that song, we fall back into old, destructive habits. Instead of exploring that business idea, our subconscious fears take over and we decide to watch the next episode of Game of Thrones instead.
This leads to many shattered dreams, untapped potential and wasted opportunities to make an impact on society.
Think about it…
What if J.K Rowling didn’t take action upon her idea of Harry Potter? What if she let herself get distracted by mindless entertainment instead?
What if Steve Jobs never pursued the idea of starting Apple? What if he let subconscious fears or excuses get in the way?
What if Leonardo Da Vinci ‘didn’t feel like it’ when painting the Mona Lisa or pursuing many of his other inventions?
I understand that these amazing individuals might seem supernatural. However, they teach all of us an important lesson. Despite all the things that have gotten in their way, they still decided to pursue and create — changing not only their own lives, but also the lives of many, many others.
Remember, it’s almost always up to you whether you let things get in your way of creating amazing things. You decide.
Yes, it might require stronger self-discipline, more awareness or better productivity skills — but that’s the price you have to pay for being able to play and thrive in this game.
It’s Your Obligation To Create Amazing Things
By missing out on many of the ‘one days’ in which you could’ve created something valuable and worthwhile, you do a disservice to yourself, your audience and your craft. Something awesome could have been there for the world to see — but it isn’t.
So, stop getting distracted by meaningless things. Stop letting your excuses get the better of you. And stop letting your fears dictate your work.
Based on this powerful realization, I decided to include the following reminder in my daily affirmations:
In that one day, you could create that blogpost or video that goes viral. You could create something that makes an impact on the lives of others. Something that grows your business. Something that changes your own life. Stop letting BS excuses get in your way and stop being your own worst enemy. You owe it to yourself, your audience and your mission to create amazing things as often as you can.
You owe it to the world to create amazing things — whether that’s a book, song, article or an entirely new business. Pursue your ideas and take massive action upon it as often as you can. Instead of consuming, start creating.
Before you know it, you have many of those ‘one days’ in which you’ve created something entirely new that changes your life and other people’s lives for the better.
Now Do It
Now that you’re finished with this article, I invite you to stop doing what you’re doing and start creating instead. Right now, take action and pursue that idea that’s been in your mind for a while. Who knows what great things it’ll lead to…
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