Today is this blog’s 7 day anniversary. Yay!
I mean I know it seems petty but I am legit proud of myself.
For anyone who knows me, I am a chronic procrastinator. Or at least I was. I feel that I am finally turning a new leaf.
I need to shout out the book that really helped me find a cure to my long streak of putting things off. It is Steven Pressfield’s-The War of Art.
This book is gold.
A while back, a study was done that showed that children who exhibited delayed gratification when they were younger actually ended up being more successful later in their lives.
Whenever I read about this study, it always broke my heart because I knew without a shadow of a doubt that if I had been part of that study, I would have definitely been in the group that ate that frigging marshmallow.
He is the link https://jamesclear.com/delayed-gratification.
But you know, I am really happy. Turns out, as Steven Pressfield shows in his book, that even adults can cultivate this trait of delayed gratification.
And you know, with all my years of web surfing trying to find a cure for Procrastination, seems that the answer had always been really simple.
Here it is. Are you ready?
The cure to procrastination is to JUST DO IT.
Yup. Turns out NIKE had the answer all along.
There is no magic spell, no secret ritual, no perfect day, no perfect timing etc. The cure to procrastination is just to sit down, buckle up and get it done. That is the strategy I have been using for this blog. No matter how tired I feel. How uninspired or anxious or scared I am, I sit down, every day and just write. Doesn’t matter if the post is good or if it’s terrible. As long as I have fulfilled my duty for that day.
And that’s the reason I am so happy and the reason I felt a need to celebrate this win no matter how small it is. And to celebrate all of my 10 followers for taking time off of your busy days and reading what I write. It literally means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
And so, to celebrate this day, I thought I would share a Robert Frost poem which I kind of interpret as a “keep-going” poem. It has some melancholy undertones but it is very beautiful nonetheless.
Here it is, Stopping by the woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.
Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village, though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it's queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there's some mistake. The only other sound's the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.
And the song of the week is Mood 4 Eva – Beyonce ft. Jay Z & Childish Gambino