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“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” Walter Bagehot, journalist and economist
“When we line up all the facts we think are against us, the facts can stop us before we start. Whatever we need to discourage us — I’m too young, I’m too old, too short, too tall, unprepared, inexperienced, or not quite ready, we can uncover. If we miss a few details, we can always find someone to help us ‘face the facts.’ The facts after all speak for themselves — except they’re not true. Courage is doing it anyway, whatever it is. We all doubt ourselves…we all wonder whether we really have the goods.” Marlo Thomas, Building a Business the Buddhist Way
Unprepared. Inexperienced. Not quite ready. There’s whole boatload of “facts” we can marshal to keep ourselves from starting some venture or stopping it once we hit a rough patch. And at one time or another, we’ve each probably heard them all. Our nagging naysayers can batter us from the outside or, more dangerous still, they can peck at us from inside our head. And it doesn’t matter how successful we become — they’re always hovering in the wings.
What to do, what to do? The answer, as Marlo says so well, is simple: Do it anyway. The more we do what we need to do, the farther we get down the road to going where we want to go. And the farther we travel down the path we’re creating for ourselves, the weaker the naysayers around us and in our heads become. Inaction fuels them, action defeats them.
So let’s not worry about what everyone else is telling us — or even what we’re telling ourselves. Let’s not even worry about finding the courage to do what we want to do. Because when we just do it, and the courage will come. I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “I do the thing that is hard for me to do and the power comes.” Doing creates the power to do. Write on!