Accountability Challenge Week 27: Stay Stupid…You just might learn something.

 I remember being very excited when the new Stephen Pressfield CD, Do The Work came out a couple of years ago.  I’ve been a huge fan of his work since I read his terrific no-nonsense book, The War of Art.

Pressfield is a writer who pulls no punches and I was anxious to hear how his work translated into audio format. I certainly was not disappointed.

Do The Work, is designed to guide and coach us through the completion of any creative plan or goal that we are determined to complete.

I laughed out loud when Pressfield bluntly stated that one of the keys to overcoming the enemy of Resistance was to “stay stupid”

Ok, you’ve got my attention I thought to myself, now what exactly do you mean by this?

The answer was refreshingly simple. Quite often we let the incessant chatter of our minds overwhelm us as we attempt to move forward toward a creative purpose-whether it’s losing 40 lbs,  completing a marathon, starting a new business, or  doubling our sales and income.

If you’re at all like me…Mr. Analytical-you find yourself endlessly analyzing every choice, option, decision you make-past, present or future. This can seem like a sensible approach to getting things just right, while cutting down on possible miss-steps. In truth it is more often a sly form of Resistance that holds us back from doing the work that our goals are telling us we need to do.

In my own experience this seemingly sensible approach has added needless years to the life cycle of my own goal achievement.

Do you ever think too much about your goals? How am I going to achieve this? What will happen if I take this course of action instead of another?  What if it doesn’t work?  What will they think?  Etc. etc. etc…

stay stupid

To me “staying stupid” means to stop over thinking or over analyzing the probable outcome of the actions we know we should take, and just DO THE WORK now.

Pressfield in his no bullshit approach (maybe it’s a guy thing but I get a kick out of his “direct” method of communication) counsels us to develop the habit of acting more and thinking less.

We can always course correct if we need to. Not every action we take is going to work out perfectly, however the faster we find out, the faster we can move on to another course of action that will take us to our goal or dream.

What can you do to stay stupid this week?

Coach Mark,

Thought for the week: ”Stay stupid and expect Success”.

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™

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