We’ve all got things we want to or need to do that remain undone because it just seems to overwhelming to begin or to continue. My favorite quote by Edwin Land (the inventor of the amazing Polaroid camera and film) sums up the importance of our epic dreams.
“Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.”
Whether its a work project, a big cross-country move or starting your own business, sometimes we stop before we start out of fear and overwhelm.
The only way to get enormous projects done is to follow two steps.
Along the way I have to give myself incentive to keep going. Things get easier when they are broken down into small chunks. A ticking clock works wonders; most of us can convince ourselves to do something for a set period of time.
Pick your magic number-the amount of time it takes you to get your butt in the seat. Set a timer. Go
For me the magic number for meditation is five minutes. I set the timer and go. Most days after five minutes I set it for more…some days not. And either way it’s all good.
My magic number for writing is twenty. I can commit to sitting and writing for twenty minutes. That’s how I got the draft of my book finished. Twenty minutes at a time. That-and checking it off in little boxes to keep me motivated!
So. Start. Keep going.