“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” – Brian Tracy
I’m a devotee of self-help books. But none of them so far have stopped the doldrums that pop up in the wake of a good idea. It seems inevitable. On the first day, I am blown away. On the second, doubts weigh me down, and I am going nowhere. It feels easier to cut anchor on the good idea than do any work.
Part of the problem is the moment the idea is conceived, the beginning and end feel like they coexist in the same space and time. It feels not like you can win, but you already have won. Then you wake up the next day and the distance between the beginning and end feels, not one, but infinite.
Another part of the problem is doubt. It comes from fear. Fear that you were an idiot yesterday and know it today. Fear of the work involved. Fear of something whose success exists at end of a long string of tomorrows, and so it may never be seen.
Well, the fear is always going to be there. So will the doubts. So will the disappointment. So will the work. And unlike with a ship, I can’t wait around for a good wind to find me and send me safely away. To get anywhere, I’ll have to make my own wind. That is, I have to change my attitude to the problems I face.
Easier said than done, but I’ll share tips on what works and doesn’t work as I find them.
POST CREATED: Oct 25, 2015
EDITED TO ADD (ETA): Oct 27, 2015: Some further thoughts on the doldrums (Unmasking problems)