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On to the bigger picture of ‘getting stuff done’…
This excerpt (which references NBC’s singing competition The Voice) always hits home with me and inevitably, within a day of reading it, I find something–anything–to complete. On a good day, it’s a writing project. On a more scattered day, it may be as simple as a household chore I’ve been putting off, even if it’s baking biscotti. Lots I can accomplish while they’re in the oven, right?
Here’s hoping Jon Acuff’s excerpt nudges you forward.
“Most of us spend most of our lives wondering what if. We imagine. We dream. We hope. And a week turns into a month turns into a year.”
“The stage stays empty. The mic stays quiet. The chair won’t spin around because no one is singing. In moments like this, the goal doesn’t disappear. We think that perhaps the sands of time will cover it up and we will forget all about it, but we don’t. A goal unfulfilled may grow dim, but it never goes dark. A movie character will remind us of the promise, a store window where a book like ours sits or an offhand comment from a friend will stir it all back up. Goals you refuse to chase don’t disappear—they become ghosts that haunt you. Do you know why strangers rage at each other online and are so quick to be angry and offended these days? Because their passion has no other outlet.”
Acuff, Jon. Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done (pp. 189-190). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
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