What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know I. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Thinking Big” is easy. I come across people all the time who have big dreams. I meet far fewer who are actually making them happen.
The difference between talking and doing is Commitment. To me, Commitment is making what I say I want my first priority.
I’m the first to admit that I have a Big Project that I’m not committed to. Actually, several. I want to lose 20 pounds. I want to produce my first book. I want a life partner. These are all big things I want in my life, that I talk about, plan to do, someday.
It’s the distinction between urgent and important: Urgent is what gets other people”s projects moving forward. Important is what gets my projects moving forward. I have “lost” whole years focusing on the urgent while setting aside the important. These years have been productive, just not in ways that are as important to me now as they were important to others back then.
One’s results are a product of one’s priorities. If you find you’re talking a lot about something you want to get done, yet there is no progress happening on that front, then look at your commitment. Is what you’re talking about now creating the future you really want?
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This post is part of a series inspired by The Domino Project’s #Trust30 Writing Challenge. Each day during the month of June 2011, we receive a thought from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance”, to use as a writing prompt. For more information about the #Trust30 Writing Challenge, see today’s prompt:
Will You Jump Or Wait To Be Pushed
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