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Plunge in anyway

No choice but to plunge in anyway

– Steven Pressfield

In the authentic swing notes from Steven Pressfield first novel

He talks about sometimes a writer doesn’t know what the theme of a book is before or during writing

But he says that’s fine we just have to plunge in anyway

Meaning do the work and write before you have all your ducks in a row

This is true for anything we do in life

A completely unrelated example

I am useless at the online dating thing

I would spend far too long thinking about an opening line then think about what I would say after that and have this whole conversation in my head before I even sent a message

Most of the time the messages never got sent

But when we do the work

Things start to play out and results manifest

Writing the book the theme unfolds
Sending tbe first message the conversation starts
Putting a few quid in a savings account and before you know it you have a nice little some

Whatever you do, you have to plunge in without the answers

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Winners Grow Anyway

Getting Stuck is Normal But Winners Grow Anyway

Ramit Sethi

We all get stuck

Some of us choose to stay stuck

And I say choose because getting stuck is a choice

Its excuses over action

Rather than looking for a way around

When you decide you dont want to be stuck rather than just saying you dont want to be stuck then you can grow

And that problem becomes a possibility

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Meraki

Meraki

-To put something of yourself into your work

There is a huge reason why many people say their jobs are soul-destroying, All they are putting in is their time,

There is none of their own love going into their work, None of their heart or soul, Just turning up hoping to get away as soon as possible…

‘Is it worth the aggravation
To find yourself a job when there’s nothing worth working for?’

-Oasis

Now I know in today’s economy, many would dream of having a job right now and those with are lucky to have one…

And were not in a position to pick and choose.

But your work and Meraki isn’t just your day job.

It’s your art, it’s you.

Your job may be soul-destroying at times but what you do after that could save it.

What you do for intrinsic motivation (Read my ebook on Mental health for more on Intrinsic motivation) for the sake of pure joy a make those days that are hard to get up on totally worth it

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Don’t cheat the world of your contribution.

Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got

– Steven Pressfield

We’re not going to be a hit overnight
Our work may go unnoticed for a very long time.
We may feel like we’re getting nowhere
But one day all of a sudden  something might change.

But it never will if we give up on day 2.
If we wait till we’ve worked those overtime shifts
Or we have all our ducks in a row.

Because it never will happen.
So get in your office, workshop, studio or wherever  you produce your art and Do the work.

Because your contribution matters.
Especially more than ever today.