One of the issues in any attempt at self-improvement and self-knowledge is the enormity of the task. I know it keeps me from doing anything because getting from Goal Point A to Goal Point B seems more like dog paddling across the Pacific Ocean.
Affirmations don’t work for me because the Saboteurs in my brain call me a big fibber.
Me: “I am a money magnet.”
My Brain: “Bullshit! You’re overdrawn and still have bills to pay.”
Me: “I am organized and efficient with my time.”
My Brain: “Yeah Right! You have 10 boxes of papers from 5 years ago that you haven’t sorted, shredded, or filed YET! More bullshit.”
Me: I am so happy and grateful that I make $100 a day in passive income from XYZ business venture.”
Brain: “See affirmation reply #1 – It’s getting deep in here.”
Me: “I am an ambitious and motivated entrepreneur.”
Brain: “In a pig’s eye. You know you are not motivated by money because you don’t believe you are an entrepreneur and can make it on your own.” More Bullshit and then some. . . .”
In a few understated words, I am plagued with self-doubt. It keeps me from making any moves at all toward working on a business again, and it keeps me playing small.
So I beat myself up and see the big picture fade away. And it makes me feel ashamed that someone with the potential people tell me I have could feel so obscure.
Until a little inspiration comes along from an unexpected place. Zenhabits.com. I have no affiliation with them except to get the emails and prowl the unadorned site for bits of wisdom. And the inspiration that helps me is this:
Floss one tooth.
Don’t worry about all the teeth. If you hate to floss or just don’t, then set the goal to floss one tooth. Just one. Here’s the link: http://zenhabits.net/floss/
Pretty soon you floss two, then all the uppers. Then all the lowers and eventually every tooth.
So part of this blog is my “floss one tooth” entry back into writing publically. Back into communicating in a larger way. Hopefully then into making a larger contribution.
But this is my contribution for the day. If you have a large daunting project you don’t want to start, just floss one tooth — move the stuffed box into an open spot for further examination and sorting the top of the pile. Just one.
Begin that book with one sentence. Start the blog with one paragraph.
Since I posted once, some interesting things have happened. A bunch of people started following the blog. Now, some are probably just wanting backlinks for their own sales blog, but that’s okay. A follower from before the “Great Lapse” contacted me and I am greatly encouraged by her words. A new job opportunity opened up and I’ll apply with renewed vigor and optimism.
From one post. The self-doubt lifts and the Sage within me begins to overtake the Saboteurs in my brain. It’s working.
Just floss one tooth.