One of my goals with this blog is to add a new post at least twice a week. The plan itself is solid, but my execution thus far hasn’t been great. I run into writer’s block from time to time and have found that because I don’t know what to write, I end up writing nothing at all. This bad habit has not only effected me with this blog, but in many other aspects of my life including my business. As you can imagine, my level of productivity isn’t exactly where I want it to be.
This habit of not doing anything when I don’t know what to do has been effecting me for years. And the worst part about it was until recently, I wasn’t even aware of the problem. But I know that I’m not the only one. I think a lot of people have this habit, whether they are aware of it or not. I’ve heard so many people say things like “I just don’t know what to do.” So they just sit there and do nothing.
For example, most people want to make more money. But if their job doesn’t have much room for advancement, they know they have to make the extra money somewhere else. They know that their main options are either starting a business, investing in stocks, or getting into real estate. The problem (at least what they think is the problem) is that while they are interested in making more money with one of these options, they don’t know what to do or how to get started. So instead of taking action and moving towards their goal, they sit back and do nothing. And whenever somebody asks them why they don’t take action, they answer back with “I don’t know what to do.” In their minds they sincerely believe that this is a legitimate excuse, but in reality they are just being lazy.
Just because they don’t know what to do doesn’t mean they can’t do anything about it. Going back to the example, if a person wants to make more money but doesn’t know how to start and run a business, it doesn’t mean they can’t spend time figuring it out. They can read books or listen to audiotapes. They can ask for help or even go to seminars. Whatever it is, there’s always something better to do that will take them closer to their goal than doing nothing at all. And once they figure out how to do what they want, there is no longer an excuse for not doing it.
When it comes to this blog, I have replaced my habit of using the “I don’t know what to write about” excuse to sitting down and brainstorming until I do know what to write about. I know this is all seems like common sense, but when emotions are in play (in this case laziness) common sense isn’t so common. So whenever you catch yourself not knowing what to do, know this: You can figure it out!