New Dreams

Change comes with destruction

I think you need to kill your old dreams to get to the new ones.

Decisively.

Everything we do comes with some cost, even maintaining the parts of the past that aren’t a part of our identity, the pieces that don’t serve us.

So, we need to put those old dreams to sleep and move forward. Because every day we don’t, we are taking away the possibility to do more.

Change is a radical act, and for it to stick requires action.

Consistently

Small focus

Ten minutes a day is better than an hour a week.

A little bit of dedication for a short period, consistently, is much better than some commitment sporadically.

If you know what success looks like, break it up and try to do a little every day.

Old Lessons

The past is the past

Learn from the past lest you repeat it.

The lessons are there, and the universe provides if you are open to receiving them.

Memories are at once the cheapest and most expensive teacher we have.

 

The Doubt List

Pay attention to your constraints

Take a moment to list the reasons something won’t work.

Anything that makes your next project hard goes on the list, whether it has to do with access, availability, money, etc.

Write it down!

After it’s all down, spend a period (determined by you) trying to understand those constraints. Ask yourself some questions like:

  • How does this constraint affect my work?
  • Why is this important?
  • Who is causing this?
  • What are some possible solutions for this constraint?
  • Should I care?

The idea of questions like this is to understand what those constraints are.

Once you do that, take those constraints and put them in a drawer. Trust me; if you need to remind yourself whats stopping you, or make an update, the list isn’t going anywhere.

Put a reminder on your calendar to go back to that list every two weeks.

I guess that you’ll discover something.

When you create a place where your doubt can live, it won’t interrupt you so much.

Failure Has To Come Into Play

Assumptions are pretty safe to make.

I can assume anything about you, reader.

I never have to prove my assumption. In fact, I can live with an assumption my entire life, regardless of the truth.

Our brains do that a lot.

For us to get better, we have to leave the safety of our assumptions and go into the wild territory of experiments. Experiments mean failure, at least if they are done in good faith.

So, for us to get a better picture of the world, failure has to come into play.

Let’s make this real:

Think about the last assumption you had?

How can you falsify it? What incident led you to make that assumption? What makes you say it’s right?

Does checking assumptions seem like a lot of work?

Maybe you should have fewer assumptions, while you are at it.