Seth Godin makes a great point in his blog post today… our level of unpreparedness is stunning.
We walk out of our homes every day thinking that we’re ready to take on the world. Then we get to our cubicles, grab a cup of coffee, check email, attend a meeting whose only result is indecision, eat lunch, check email, forward a memo, check the clock, head home and say to ourselves “I got a lot done today… didn’t I?” Those of us who are self-employed are not exempt from this common process either.
We wonder why things aren’t as prosperous as we’d like.
That’s the bad news.
The good new is that it’s relatively easy to turn things around. If you’re willing to be prepared.
- Get up on time
- Eat breakfast
- Catch yourself asking the easy questions:
- “How do I do it?”
- “How long will it take?”
- “How much will I earn?”
- Practice asking the challenging questions:
- “What is my art?”
- “What difference will it make?”
- “Who do I need to be to create it?”
- “Do I have what it takes, even when I get hit really, really hard?”
- Take action on your answers
- Go to bed on time
- Do it again tomorrow
Imagine living out that day. You can live it out in a hospital, a manufacturing plant, on a farm, in a school, and even in a cubicle.
The easy work is in being unprepared. Slightly more difficult work is over-preparing (the anxiety-ridden kind). However, your greatest challenge will likely be in adopting this far simpler process of preparation.
You are ready. Start now.