For half of my life, I’ve had this misconception that I’m lazy. I’ve beat myself up about it royally every chance I’ve gotten. Seems rather sad now that I realize that I’m anything but lazy. I have merely been fearful. See, getting to know oneself is imperative!
What I discovered this week, is that one of the reasons for my perceived laziness, is extremely high goals. Goals, that require a lot of work to attain. I have actually felt quite paralyzed by what I’m working towards, as I’ve felt like I’m so far from where I want to be…. I have often had this thought: “well, what’s the point?” I’ve been intimidated and scared to do the work, because I’ve felt like nothing is enough.
I found this amazing book on Sunday, called “One Small Step Can Change Your Life” by Robert Maurer. Until now, I’ve incorporated changes into my life through huge innovations… I’ve been attempting to change my life completely in one day. I’ve struggled through these phases, through an immense built-in resistance. Sometimes it’s worked, but often it has not. Changing myself like this has required an enormous amount of courage and resilience on my part… Now, I realize that the process doesn’t have to be that arduous.
Robert Maurer’s book instructs me, that if I incorporate tiny changes into my life every day, I’m able to tiptoe around the fight-or-flight response in my brain, which follows every departure from my usual safe routines. This is true for all of us, and is a life-altering realization for me. I don’t have to be scared about doing the work I want to do anymore, because I can start doing it in Very small increments. I have certainly been headed this way in my soul-searchings, but reading this book really speeded up my understanding. I whole-heartedly recommend it.
Hehe…. I feel like I just gave some frickin’ book report… Well whatever. I like to share.
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before together. -Jacob A. Riis, journalist and social reformer (1849-1914)