Everybody can dream, some people will plan, but very few will actually DO.
And for a lot of years, that’s been me, with this book. I’ve been wandering around in this labyrinth called “research” and “personal development” and “timing,” until finally, I realized, the walls kept moving and the way kept morphing and I wasn’t going to ever actually make my way to David Boie. So I finally just plopped myself down, took out my laptop and started to write. (And the hope is that maybe, if I write long enough, the goblin king will make his way to me.) And this bold “starting,” this “doing” didn’t make all the ideas and inspiration suddenly settle and flow in profound and powerful ways. The process became even more excruciating and demanded even more discipline than ever before. But there is power in the doing, there’s an energy there. And I’m positive it leads somewhere I REALLY want to be.
After all this spillage of the guts, what I would say to myself and to anyone else out there in the muck of it all is, just get your butt in that chair and start the doing. Then, stay there, in the doing. Even if you’re only producing garbage. Stay. Sit in the garbage, and keep creating more. Because, at some point, perhaps imperceptibly, it won’t be garbage any more. It might not be great, but it won’t be garbage. And then keep going. And suddenly, one day, you’ll be sitting inside all that mediocrity, all that not great but not garbage, and something brilliant will begin to form. And you’ll realize that all that time you spent waxing on and off, pouring words onto the page, was priming you for something great. You were excavating your actual SOUL. And yeah, there was a lot you had to unload before you got to that one real truth. But the truth will be so precious, so treasured, that you’ll nearly cry as you lay it down on the page. And in that moment, all the mess of it will have been worth it. Worth every cuss, every drop of anxious sweat and every single desperate tear.
This is what I’m hoping to be true, this is my confident expectation, for you and for me as well—that if we sit here long enough, odds are, we’ll eventually bump into something beautiful and real. Namaste. 🙏