I have to do this

Are you a “high achiever”? A “go-getter”?

Do you have to-do lists longer than The Pan-American Highway?

Heavy eyelids?

The self-talk usually goes something like, “I want this so bad. I have to do this.”

Most people quit at this point. But you won’t. You’re an animal. You’re a machine! You’ll never quit!!

You just set the track record for the first lap of the 1600m run.

Though, hmm, nobody ever won the gold because of a fast ‘Lap 1’. Now what?

How do you follow-through on goals or drag on when you’re exhausted? Perspective always helps.

I don’t need to give you stories of the rampant poverty all over our planet.

You don’t HAVE-TO-DO anything.

You GET-TO-DO it.

That alone could be the elixir to your anxiety.

This should apply to some 90+% of Americans, as we are majorly above the poverty level in comparison to most human beings on earth.

Be the GET-TO-DO type of person.

Now, go. Do.


 

***As always, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read this. I only hope that I can positively impact your life in some small way.

Please, share.

As most of you know, the best way to support writing is to spread the work and engage in the wise conversations.

“Y’all” are the best. 

I love you,

Jakob

 

10,000 Spectacular Stories

Patience, resilience, and frequent engagement. That, and several years of working at it, are what it takes to be great at your craft.

Take a great writer, for example (not me).

To become a master writer, one has to write. Over. And over. And over.

“The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint, the greats were great because they paint a lot.”  – Macklemore

A writer might need to write 10,000 spectacular stories before some 100 of them connect, which might be good enough to gather, organize, and form into a book.

Like the ivy on Stone Row at Bard College, your craft must both engulf, and symbiotically make beautiful, your entire existence. If your work is not a reflection of you, it is not your work.

10,000 of your worth-being-told stories before you get 1 book.

Total immersion.

Start writing.

New Years: Effective Frame of Mind

What are you asking yourself in 2018?

Some people make resolutions. Lists. Some commit to a diet, or a workout plan, or a shift in values.

Those are wonderful.

They’re usually averagely effective, however, without the proper mindset.

It is only minimally correlated to the plans made or the goals set.

It is about whether or not you are prepared to make changes at all.

Where is your head at?

Are you willing to sacrifice?

Are you willing to humbly address your short-comings?

Are you willing to make changes?

This year, focus your lens on those questions first, and make sure that you can answer them, before you “go Paleo” or buy a gym membership.

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Oh, by the way, it is the year 2 0 1 8 .

Take a moment to think about what it means to be alive right now, at this time.

Be awesome in 2018. I love you all.

Jakob