A wise man once advised not to confuse motion with progress.
That’s useful for the person struggling to prioritize a hefty list of responsibilities.
Taking a moment to pause and plan out the next steps is just what the doctor ordered.
Have you heard of the “Eisenhower Principle”?
It organizes things considering only two variables: What is important? What is urgent?
You can figure out the rest without my help.
But what about the person that can’t seem to get moving? What about the person coping with “analysis paralysis” and doesn’t know where to begin?
Starting is always the hard part anyway, right?
Sometimes motion (of any kind) is just what the doctor ordered for getting out of a rut. In the 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale, Sr., played by Christopher Walken, is being inducted into The New Rochelle Rotary Club as a lifetime member.
He tells a short story that serves as a compelling metaphor for what I’m talking about and maybe a lesson if you choose to see it that way.
“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.”
Now get moving!
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