Overcoming Internal Resistance
I encounter a lot of resistance in myself when doing activities where I won't see any real impact for a while (even thought I know it will benefit me long term). Some examples are: promoting a new venture, practicing guitar, exercise etc.
I'm trying to think more strategically about overcoming this kind of resistance. It's not a question of GTD practicalities (I've got appropriate reminders etc), it's more a motivation question for me. The two tricks that I've found most helpful are:
1. to try and give myself as much data to use as feedback about the process, even though no "outcome" will arrive for some time. For example, tracking my own sales activity helped me overcome the resistance to selling.
2. Committing myself to others as a motivation. For example, I really felt motivated to practice guitar more when I agreed to start gigging!
I'd be interested to hear others' experiences of meeting internal resistance... How do you overcome it?
Resistance is normal. It's a muscle that can be retrained.
Once you get momentum and you take small steps, you will start to see the snowball effect.
I see resistance is normal. You want to do something or achieve a goal, but at the same time you have a moral dilemma. Do I pursue this now? Or push it on the back burner?
We've all shared problems of motivation, time, resources. What really got me inspired was the book ReWork from Jason Freid over at 37 signals.
I got a tip last week, about handling paper that's sitting on your desk. Each time you find something on your desk and you don't do it. Punch a hole in it or draw a small circle on the sheet each time you don't take action.
If you find enough holes on the sheet, you know that it's finally time do something about it.
It changed the way I thought about producitvity in the office. I run a virtual office and this really upped my game.
Lots of good advice in this thread! Here are my 2 cents:
1. Clarify your expectations. If you made a career out of your most liked ever thing, don't expect endless bliss from your hobbies! What exactly does and doesn't "winning" mean to you? Include feelings.
2. A decision is also a fare-well. Be clear and upfront to yourself that by deciding for one thing, you decided against at least 5 other things. Be harsh to yourself about that in order to get though to your self with the message. Wether you are a type for 2 or 10 activities, the basic principle remains. Do your thing and put all else away, out of your life. Make space for the stuff you want to engage in. Why do you even still have that TV standing around there? To shoot down your evening when you are most vulnerable?