Now that Hurricane Sandy has passed and most of the subways are finally back up and running, I have actually gone back into work. Although I worked from home the past couple of days, today it was time to get back into the groove – you know what I’m talking about – real life.
As I sit in my office chair, I know this day can go one of two ways:
1. I can be crazy productive and get shit done.
2. I can become suddenly sleepy, overwhelmed, and pray for the day to be over while chugging a red bull.
Today, I am choosing option number 1 and I am doing this because of Alexis Sclamberg. If you haven’t heard of Alexis Sclamberg before, she is a writer, speaker and media personality, as well as a what we like to call, a Renegade Chick and offers amazing inspiration through her newsletter. Although many are fed up with Facebook, I use my account for daily inspiration and Sclamberg always delivers. Just the other day, I saw she had a new article titled, “The Only Difference Between You and the Woman You Envy” on Huff Post Women, so of course I immediately read it and wow, am I glad I did.
Every so often, ok, every day, I need a jolt of motivation. This specific time, Sclamberg’s article hit me over the head like a ton of bricks. It seems so simple, so obvious, yet when a message is said in the right way, it can affect you and create change. Sclamberg starts off her article recounting a conversation she had with a friend – everyone is familiar with this conversation – the one where your friend tells you about an amazing million dollar idea they have and they never do anything to make it happen. Yea, that one. I’m not sure how you usually respond to your friends about their ideas, but Sclamberg nailed this one:
“But here’s the thing: The only one stopping you from doing exactly what you want is you. Not time or money or the laundry list of reasons your rational brain has drummed up. The biggest difference between you and the person that has made it is action. That’s it! Just action.”
BOOM! Done! So easy! We make to-do lists all the time (or maybe just I do?), but when you simplify it, it becomes so clear. One word: action. We don’t need to do everything today to make our dreams come true, we just need to do something.
Sclamberg continues, “You’re probably thinking that I’m making this out to be easier than it really is. But I understand (all too well) that feeling you can get when you stare your dream in its face: total overwhelm. Your goal seems too big and scary and hard — an insurmountable mountain when you can barely climb the stairs to your third floor apartment without huffing and puffing.”
Exactly. The end goal is too big and wayyy too scary. So what do we do? Sclamberg suggests following Brian Tracy’s goal-actualizing exercises:
“Write down your big dream. Then, break it into its various components — all of the things required to make it happen. Break each of those into even smaller components, until you have a long list of discrete, bite-size tasks.” Sclamberg continues, “Then, do one thing on that list every single day. Just one thing. It can be as easy as writing a new list or as scary as making that important phone call to a potential investor. Imagine what would happen if you did just one thing every day for the next month towards your big dream. You’d be a lot closer to it than you are now, right?” So true!
Because of Alexis’ article, I am no longer overwhelmed by my dreams. Instead, I know that I am going to do some act today and that action will be enough. As Sclamberg said, the only difference between the woman I envy and myself is action. I guess I’m on my way now. Thanks again, Alexis!