Move Ahead with What You Know

To be honest, I think I've written something about this before but it's so important that I'm doing it again:

Right now I am working on building out an extensive community for all the attendees who've signed up for Pioneer Nation. It often happens that as my mind gets carried away in the cool stuff that I'm working on that I think, "Hm, but I'm not sure how this piece is going to work, that seems difficult..."

That sense of, "I don't know yet." halts my progress as my brain hounds on it.

Then, as time goes by with little progress, my interest in working at all begins to disintegrate.

The lack of interest turns into fear, "I've gotten so little done, am I ever going to be able to finish this?"

Not long after, the fear turns into resentment, "Why do I even have to do this anyway?!"


Living in fear of not finishing and anger of your work is a truly unfortunate way to spend your time and effort yet I've noticed that it happens to all sorts of people all the time.

The solution I've found is this:

Realize that what you're worrying about is usually 2 or 3 steps away and somewhere there's a piece of the puzzle that you do know how to execute on, right now.

Write down the part you don't know yet, stop thinking about it and work on the part you do know.

This changes everything.

One simple action leads to the next, hours go by and momentum is built.

Now the work feels fun and you get a gentle high from the progress you've made.

Suddenly when you're up against the hard part from before you learn that your sub-conscious mind has been thinking about it the entire time.

When it's actually time, the answer just drops into your consciousness and now you have the momentum to execute on it.

Are you stuck on something right now?

Write that problem down for later - it's not going anywhere - then take a step forward on a something you do know.


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