Have you ever noticed that people who endlessly share those barfy motivational pics on Facebook (other social media barf is available) are the ones who never actually get anything done?
I always wonder what they’re doing, in between sharing the awful motivational memes. Nothing, it turns out, usually.
“Follow your passion and success will find you!”
“Follow your dreams and you’ll always be happy!”
“Get this bright shiny object and all your dreams will come true!”
And I’m not even going to get started on the nauseating bullshit that comes from the idiotic law of attraction. Really? Everything that happens to you, you attract in? Tell that to the millions of Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Or the countless millions of people Stalin wiped out. Or those people who attracted that tsunami to them in 2004. Or that rape victim over there. ‘Cos they all attracted that shit into their lives.
There’s a man called Brian Tracey. He said this: “You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts.” Brian is an idiot. Oh sure, you get out of life what you put into it – but that is not the same as this anti-scientific, anti-intellectual bollocks. You do not attract events with your thoughts.
A mate of mine once asked someone who subscribes to this nonsense about asteroid impacts. I listened closely to the answer, because I was genuinely interested in his levels of self-delusion… and, yep, he didn’t disappoint. Or, rather, he did disappoint, because he sincerely believed that somebody – everybody? I’m not clear on that – attracts the asteroid.
From way out in deep space.
Anyway, the thing that inspired my little rant about this empty nonsense was re-reading The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Always a great source of pithy realism, Sir Terry reminded me of this little gem:
“If you trust in yourself… and believe in your dreams… and follow your star… you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”
Look, I don’t necessarily think that everyone who only subscribes to the first part of that quote is lazy. Many of them are. But not all. No. I think most of them are scared. Scared of taking the action they need to take to make the changes that will lead to the stuff they want to happen.
But actually taking that action is uncomfortable. I know this, because I still struggle to do the stuff I need to do.
I tell myself little stories about how I’ll do it tomorrow, or start next week.
In the end, though, you’ve just got to get started. I’ve just got to get started. Get stuff done.
Because do you know what? It’s short, this life of ours. In the end, what the hell does it matter if you make a mistake? If you look daft for five minutes out of your entire life – five minutes that probably nobody but you will notice anyway?
I’ll tell you what it matters: not at all. (I still have to remind myself of this, because I have a horror of looking like an idiot. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but no.)
How about this, instead: you are enough. You are more than capable of achieving the things you want to achieve. You’re extraordinarily lucky to have been born in this time and place, with all this opportunity. So make the most of it – you’ll even enjoy it!
I don’t have all the answers. I don’t even pretend to (I’ll leave that to the motivational goo-roos). But I do know one thing: to get where you want to go, you have to do the shit you need to do. And keep doing it, even when you don’t want to.
And now I’m going to take some of my own medicine, and get shit done.
If you’re ready to get your own shit done, I’d like to help. Grab yourself a copy of my book, Business For Superheroes and take action on the advice I give (all things I have tried, successfully, in my own business).
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Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.
PS If you’re offended by this idea that working hard is the key, and empty motivational bollocks is just that, I’d advise you not to keep reading these blogs. Toodle pip!