I got a question today from a reader, and it’s one that I hear a lot, so I thought I’d answer it for everyone. Here’s the question:
How do I get in the groove? How do I get my ass off the couch and do shit so I can be successful?
I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the idea.
First of all, this is not a technical question, so if you have technical questions, you should read Joel Runyon’s excellent guide to starting a blog.
If you’re a blogger or a writer (or an anything, really), but you’re having trouble overcoming inertia and actually creating the stuff you need to create (whether that’s posts or chapters or paintings or spreadsheets), I’m talking to you in this post.
Over the years, I’ve grown to hate Nike for coining the phrase “Just Do It.” Yes, it sounds so simple, and you probably think you sound like a badass when you offer it as advice. But, actually, I think you sound sort of like a self-righteous prig. It’s not always that easy. There are lots of things that stop people from “just doing it,” and some of those things are totally legit.
So, instead of “Just Do It,” may I offer the following: Figure out why you’re not doing it, then fix it. The reason you’re not “doing it” might be as simple as pure laziness (I’ve totally been there), or as complicated as a bout with depression. “Just Do It,” might fit both situations, but you’re going to come at it from very different angles. So figure out what your shit is first.