This Is Probably Your Biggest Enemy Right Now
I'm a fan of doing more.
And I'm vocal about doing extra, because in the books I read, the people I study, and the lessons I learn, the one who comes out on top is almost always the one who did a little bit more than everyone else.
These stories really motivate me, because there's a simple instruction in each that I have complete control over: just do more.
It's a great fit for me! And I know there are plenty of others who also find motivation in this basic command. But, obviously, "just do more" isn't a good fit for everyone at all times.
Even people like me have days and weeks where the struggle isn't to do more, but to do anything at all!
Probably the biggest enemy for each of us - maybe it is right now, maybe it used to be, or will be later - is the will, the drive, the self-propulsion to start and to do something.
Our biggest enemy, in one form or another, is complacency.
We get discouraged, we get tired, we become uncertain or even hopeless! And in all of these cases, our default is to do nothing. When we're unmotivated or unsure, we take no action.
We let things come to us instead of going after them. It's a perfectly reasonable and natural response! But I have to ask:
Who is it good for? Who does it help for me, or for you, or for anyone to just sit back and let things happen?
There's a quote from Zig Ziglar that I like. It's not some ho-hum, get-motivated-be-successful quip. It's a simple, wise, and straightforward point.
"Obviously, there is little you can learn from doing nothing."
It's so important to get an education and years of work experience, because there's value in learning. Learning is what enables us to grow, to support our families, to be fulfilled, to lead others, and to reach our goals.
If we don't do anything - if we let ourselves be complacent - we won't learn.
So the biggest enemy for you and me right now probably isn't sleep or distractions. It's that feeling that keeps us from trying! And there's only one way to fight it.
We have to do something.
We have to try a new approach, offer new ideas, take initiative on a project, choose to help someone, or do anything at all that will create motion and fight off our default response to be complacent.
Otherwise we learn nothing, we fall into a rut, and complacency wins. Who would that be good for?