When people say, “I work better under pressure,” I usually think what they really mean is, “I finally start actually working when I have no time left.” “I work better under pressure” is an excuse most people give for their procrastination.
We have every form of calendar and reminder apps that will walk across the room and smack us in the head if we told them to, but we still struggle with getting stuff done. I think it’s in our human nature to get distracted or unmotivated. But human nature is never a good excuse. We struggle with starting.
I’ve been blogging consistently for the most part since July of 2013. Maybe not that long compared to some others, but it’s a long time for me. I’ve tried to write blogs a week, and with the exception of some unfortunate events, I’ve pretty much stuck to it. All the posts haven’t been winners, but they’ve been written.
So why is my blog so successful? I assure you it’s not because I get a ton of readers. Because I don’t. It’s not because I’ve been featured as a guest writer for other media sources. Because I haven’t. In fact, I’ve been rejected a bunch for ones I’ve submitted to various places.
The reason my blog is successful to me is because it’s being written. It’s because last year I felt like God wanted me to write consistently, and I wanted to write more consistently because I just enjoy it. And so with every post, I have to remind myself that the goal is not any amount of readers. The goal is to write for God and for myself. And that takes a lot of the pressure off of me having to have any numbers define my success.
I was talking to a friend this past week about this subject. He said that he has all these great ideas but none of them get off the ground because he doesn’t ever get them started. I have the same issues with my ideas and endeavors. They just become ideas that bang around in our minds, never to begin to take any kind of form.
Why don’t we start on our ideas?
I think part of it is fear of failure. Fear that we’re going to get excited about something and have certain expectations for its success, and we will fail and our dreams will be crushed.
Or maybe it’s because we can’t see how it will all look in its entirety from start to end. It’s just a little beginning idea. We know how we want it to all look in the end but we don’t know how to get there.
There are more reasons, but those are the two big ones for me. I’m afraid of what I do sucking and being a waste of time. I also hesitate because I can’t see how it’s all supposed to play out. I get confused and overwhelmed and just let it die.
These are all just excuses and maybe you have your own. I can’t promise you success from the world’s view, but if you begin something that’s on your heart and mind and you stick with it, then I believe that you will be successful. You just have to figure out what success really means to you. And at some point, you just have to start and see where it goes.