THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
The warrior within slumps deeply into the sitting-stone, waiting for the call to battle. Her sword is loosely held; her shield has fallen to the ground; her muscles slowly atrophy. It’s been too long since she’s brought her might to the battlefield—too long since she’s heard the trumpets of triumph—too long since she’s heard the rousing battle call...FROM YOU. The opposing enemy of “Procrastination” is mighty. Joined with the evil forces of “Distraction” these two giant armies will stop at nothing to defeat you and pull your attention away from your work...the work you love. However, while you’re being blindsided by Distraction, your warrior within quietly waits. Waiting for you to stand up and declare, “ENOUGH!” Summon her now to rise up for battle! And at least for today...just for one day, defeat and conquer the producers of Procrastination and the demons of Distraction! Do your life’s work today and do it well! Your future is waiting...
|Posted By Tom Patterson|
| resting between battles |
I've been working hard to get our little fixer upper to a point where I would feel comfortable having my eye surgery that is necessary for my future plans - now 4 days after the eye surgery - having to sit and look at a spot on the floor - it seems that THIS is the hardest part! The wait! The recovery! and then on to the next battle!! Thanks Michael!
|Posted By Rachel|
| Today?? |
Okay :-) Have a nice evening Michael... Rachel
|Posted By randy|
| * |
Love this! That's all I have to say right now. Getting back to my project, rejuvenated.
|Posted By Solveig|
| Good Metaphor |
I agree with the metaphor. The reality of war is that it is often won or lost on long range stretegy and tactics - not on a single battle. It's hard to stay motivated slogging it out in the minor skirmishes. We should circle around and celebrate the small achievements as well as the large ones. I always used to tell my direct-reports to have three types of tasks: 1. the reach tasks (the ones that terrify you but you make mistakes and learn from), 2. the ones you can do in your sleep (those things you are super good at and give you regular validation for little effort), and 3. the sh*t work. Do all three a little bit every day and you will make real progress. Make sure to celebrate ALL three types: they all matter.
|Posted By Toncie|
| typo |
The second "geek" @ the end of my post is a typo. The word was misplaced.
|Posted By Toncie|
| On Point |
Today's comment is right on point for me. Problem is I am distracted by the exhaustion brought on by the source of my procrastination namely, work. I work 7 days/wk and twice on Sunday just to make the ends meet. When I have the time (either before or after work) to work on my career I don't have the energy. Compounding this is the fact that in today's reality I can no longer be just the artist, now I have to also be my own PR, IT, management, business associate, lawyer, technician, accountant, hair and makeup person, and internet geek. Does anyone else feel as overwhelmed as I do? geek
|Posted By Ginny G.|
| Battle! |
It's Saturday, I thought I could get away from work for awhile and just hang out. But I realize there is no "hanging out" for the battle weary artist. Thank you captain!
|Posted By Rami|
| No TV today! |
Just when I was getting ready to slump into the sofa and turn on the game, Michael's wisdom shows up on my iphone!
|Posted By Jeffery Cutler|
| Perfect timing! |
Just the kick in the ass I needed for this weekend. keep your inspiration coming Michael!