Was Nike Right?
Just do it!
Is this really the answer to all our procrastination and productivity challenges? Are those who constantly get to it, those who are really living the life of their dreams?
The Becoming Minimalist blog quotes Mark Twain quote that goes like this, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” To mix metaphors, we must take the bull by the horns.
This all has quite a macho flavour and I can’t help thinking, if it was that easy, we’d all be super charged doers.
The Minimalist site suggests building up to ‘eating the frog’ gently by getting some small wins under your belt, like making the bed early in the day, so you feel productive and ready to tackle the bigger stuff.
I believe we need to know more about the nature of resistance. When we have things to do that we have no feelings about, procrastination isn’t a problem. When we are dealing with work of the heart, (that which engages our passions and takes us towards our life purpose) activities that will help us uncover the work of our heart or even activities that highlight we are not doing the work of our heart, this is when we find ourselves maneuvering ourselves around our ‘to do’s, getting distracted and giving ourselves a hard time.
Understanding that resistance is telling us something is important rather than not right for us, is a helpful starting point. We’re onto something, we’ve uncovered some fears. Part of us really wants this and another part wants to keep us safe. A plane needs both the forward momentum and the resistance to take flight.
Our priority is to understand how we work best with our resistance. Not in a theoretical way but with experimentation and practice. We are not aiming to deny resistance, banish it or pretend it doesn’t exist. Experiment with breaking tasks down into small chunks and doing them for short bursts of time. Find ways of expressing your feelings and ‘hearing’ what the resistance is telling you. Become your Best Boss and create true momentum for your work of the heart.