“If you don't know what to do, focus on the fundamentals.”
Good morning, friends, and happy Monday to you! I hope you were not inconvenienced by the ice storm that was prevalent around my parts yesterday. Weather is wonderful, and a mystery. Still, let’s get to it!
Recently I watched a TED Talk (google it) about the learning curve. The talk explained the time it takes to get good at something rather than to master it. The classic idea of mastery is 10K hours, or five (!) years of full-time work to master a subject or action. The speaker, through research, decided that 20 hours of dedicated practice, from a beginning of nothing, will get someone to “good”. But there was a catch; the 20-hour clock didn’t begin until the first step, action, or effort was taken. That time could take forever!
We all know that the first step is the hardest of all in a journey. Breaking the gravity of inertia is incredibly difficult and stymies the supermajority of all good plans. That’s why Woody Allen is mythically credited for saying “90% of success is showing up.” But no one has ever given me a good idea how to “show up” until I encountered James Clear. Most of my plans are doomed from the start because I over-plan, over-think, or over-schedule and intimidate myself out of action. Has that ever happened to you? That’s why Clear’s suggestion of focusing on the fundamentals is genius!
* Your plan for a new career is going nowhere; what is the most fundamental step you could take? Take it!
* Your idea for a new initiative is on serious hold; what is the most fundamental step in the process? Do it!
* Your dream for better health is good but grounded; what is a basic fundamental step for you? That’s the one!
The list goes on and on. Plans are great but action is hard to come by. So why not change your focus from success to simplicity? After all, step one comes before all others. Take fundamental step one, then two, then momentum takes over and plans become dreams which turn into success. That’s how eagles do it, with a jump! Take off and fly my friends, and if you forget how to fly, first try to jump! I’m sure you’ll be great! And have a wonderful week.