We all have squirrels in our lives.
No, I am not talking about those cute fluffy little ninja’s in our backyards that provide hours of entertainment with their crazy antics.
I am talking about distractions.
Those shiny objects that keep us from making progress or getting things done.
Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, emails, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, kids, chores, a messy desk, a cute bird outside the window, a butterfly fluttering by, and on and on and on.
If there is one thing humans are experts in, it is finding excuses for not putting in the needed work to get shit done.
I am no exception.
As I sit here writing this, one of my biggest ‘squirrels’ just walked in the room to “show me something” and ask an endless barrage of questions.
20 minutes later, I am back at my computer to continue writing this after helping Callan with his early morning Lego crisis of putting his Batman airplane together.
I love it though, that was a good ‘squirrel’ moment, but at the same time it took away 20 minutes of my morning that could have been used for continuing to make progress on what I am doing.
All too often, those innocent ‘squirrels’ rob us of our day. 20 minutes here, 10 minutes there, next thing you know it is noon and you are sitting there wondering where did my morning go.
One of the biggest ‘squirrels’ I have been battling lately is myself.
More specifically, my mind.
I have found that more often than not, I am the biggest ‘squirrel’ that gets in my way and prevents me from the success I am working towards.
Too often I am second guessing myself or afraid to move forward with something because it is not ‘perfect yet’.
(note to self: it is never perfect, and it never will be perfect. Life is dynamic and what we think is perfect today is outdated by tomorrow. It’s best just to put it out there and work on improving it as life goes on.)
But I digress…lately I have been working on putting together a monthly newsletter.
Not that canned shit nobody cares about like ‘6 best ways to winterize your pipes’ or ‘Why you are cutting your grass wrong’.
I want to send out something personal that comes from my heart, interview local business owners and influencers in the community, and share other stories that I feel need to be shared.
The problem is that I am standing in my own way.
Is this too large for me to take on and carry out my vision?
Will anyone want to read it or even care?
Self doubt created by my own mind is providing the ‘squirrel’ that is standing in the way of my own progress or success in what I want to do.
Those in my entrepreneurial group keep telling me to ‘stop thinking about it and just do it’.
They keep reminding me that I am the character in my own script and only I get to define who that character is.
So often we are our own worst enemy, sabotaging our success before we even start.
The ‘squirrel’ that is my mind is something I continue to work on as it tries to distract me from achieving what I want to accomplish.