Some advice gets thrown around all the time. You hear a snappy little saying and you get it. Or think you do. But until you’ve got enough small wins and big fails under your belt, you don’t *get it*; you don’t get it in your gut, until suddenly, you do. ‘ADVICE I’VE HEARD 1000x AND *JUST* GOT’ is a look at the advice that finally clicked.
Do the work.
Simple, right? Like, ‘get ‘er done’, ‘do the work’ is direct. It’s a reminder that the only way to get something done is to do it. Emphasis on ‘do’.
Sure. I get that.
But the other part that’s also true, the part that I just got, is that even when things are at their most ideal it can still feel like work. Emphasis on ‘work’.
Not too long ago I’d be dragging my feet over some task, which would eventually lead to me questioning the entirety of what I was doing. Big picture panic. Obviously, the first signs of a struggle meant that there must be a bigger problem I wasn’t addressing. If I just found just the right mix of optimizations — get up earlier, plan better, sprinkle in some yoga — it would all fall into place and ‘not even feel like work’ <eye roll>.
I thought I wasn’t supposed to feel resistance if I could just the big picture components facing in the right direction.
But that’s stupid.
The thing I finally get is that no matter how micro-managed your schedule, or how sparkly and sunny and plant-filled your surroundings, work is work. Sometimes that shit is hard. You’re not even doing it wrong. It’s just work.
Isn’t that great?
It’s good to know that some tasks are a walk in the park and some are a walk in the mud. Now I’m gonna go cross some ridiculousness off my to-do list and not worry about it when work feels like work.
Embrace the slog.
Do the work.
What bit of advice have you heard a million times and *JUST* got?
What are you slogging through right now?