It took me a little while to learn this lesson. Let me tell you what happened.
About 6 months ago, I read a book called A Beautiful Constraint. The book was all about finding the value in the constraints that hold us back and using these constraints to sharpen the blade. There were many times when I was reading it where I was thinking to myself that the less I do, the better the quality of my work will be.
About a week ago, I was talking to my friend Josh on the phone and he highlighted my propensity to take on a lot of different projects. His exact words were “but what would happen if you just focused on one thing?”
Then yesterday I am at Barnes and Nobles and I pick up a random book on the shelf. It wasn’t until I was about 15 pages in that I looked at the title. The book is called The One Thing. The premise of the book is about focusing all your energy on one area and how this one track mindset has produced many of the great achievements in history.
I bought the book. Also, I got the message.
Here’s the truth. I take on too much. I do it because I feel like it gives me some kind of protection. If one thing doesn’t work out, I can always go onto the other thing. That is all stopping today. It took 32 years, but after all of these “signs” I think I am ready to receive the message.
So here’s what I am doing. I am going to focus solely on being a good writer. Unfortunately that means I will discontinue the podcast, which sucks because I love doing it. I am going to stop making YouTube videos. I am going to focus all my energy into my writing.
I should have done this years ago. Writing has been the backbone behind all my websites and behind my team’s success. Everything we do is based on the written word. Why did I venture out to other things in the first place?
I don’t want to say this next part, but I know I have to.
I think the reason why I have gone off course is because I see other people doing things a certain way and I think that maybe they are doing it better. I think that maybe their way is right or their way is cooler or their way makes them more money or gets them better results.
I have wasted a lot of time comparing myself to other people.
I am glad that as time has gone by, I have continued to get more and more comfortable with doing things the way I know they need to be done. I have gotten more comfortable with myself and I have slowly been able to focus on what it is that I am doing while ignoring all the rest.
When I started writing my blog this morning, I wasn’t intending on writing about my fears. But I can see that that’s where this bad habit is rooted. It’s rooted in fear.
Isn’t it always?