A freelance company recently reached out to me and asked about my best work to date.
All artists have their best works.
Leonardo da Vinci.
However, the best thing about their best work is that they show up despite making a super hit.
I think the best piece about my work is “showing up”. Let’s say I have written a bestselling book and it breaks all records in all bestselling lists. Everything is great! But what if I stop writing altogether after that? Will my best work hold any relevance?
That is why, the best work any artist could do is to show up to produce their art every single day, irrespective of what mood, weather, or mindset they are in. If we just show up and show up and show up again, we build a brand of consistency which creates trust among the community as well as clients (current and prospective). That is the best work.
The best part of this best work is: We ALL can do it, yet most give up in the first year itself.
You can read the full interview here.
Over the part of my gym regimen, my trainer and I didn’t give much importance to planks. We did achieve my goal with strength training and HIIT, though.
At the same time, another person in the gym who is not as lean as me, who is quite a bit away from their fitness goals, is able to do three planks of 53 seconds back-to-back. Because she practices them daily.
While I could barely keep still for 30 seconds.
Why are we discussing this?
Because practice matters. You will get results only in places where you have consistency in place.
And when you have been backed up by practice, you can easily achieve any (plank) goal that you know you will be proud of.
One of the reasons people don’t feel happy at the end of the day is because they left their important tasks undone.
Amidst jumping along from trivial tasks to responding to “important” messages, a lot of people feel unfulfilled at the end of the day.
How to tackle that feeling of feeling empty then, when you already know that is the first task you should do?
Make it simple in two steps:
1. Make it non-negotiable. Something you can’t live without. For me, for example, it’s meditating first thing in the morning. Make it as inevitable as breathing.
2. When you do it, get more addicted to the feeling – that is the very feeling that comes you alive.
Think over it, do you really want to live without that feeling?
You may post on Day 1 and it is going to be fun.
You may post on Day 2 and it still goes okay.
You may want to do your 10th post on Day 31.
And then there are people who make it to the top, because they moved beyond the fear of 278th post that didn’t do well, and are still on their work ethic.
Do you know why?
Because they’re not random “post because it’s fancy” kinda people. Rather because, they post to make a difference. If not this one, the next one definitively will make a difference.
Because past 277 posts were not in vain. They did make a difference, even to a single person, and that compound interest is enough to keep them going.
And that very non-execution creates non-executors.