Aristotle: ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’
Here is what I repeatedly do:
Here is what I don’t do:
These are the 37 HABITS OF HIGHLY INEFFECTIVE PERSON. Does it have the makings of a best-seller?
I’d like to say that all of this is an exaggeration for comic effect but it’s just not.
For years fear used to drive me – fear of getting shouted at, fear of not doing a good job, fear of not being good enough, fear of being too fat etc…
This year that fear has largely gone. I’ve learnt to say F**K It to career success! F**K It to worrying about my figure! F**K it to worrying what people think etc. F**K It to getting things done.
If friends asked me if I was around for lunch, I’d kick off my work plans and join them. If there was a party on, I’d be the last woman standing. I’m living in the moment, I’d tell myself!
And it was wonderful. For a while.
But I think I might be reaching the point where saying F**K It to everything is no longer serving me. I am furious with myself for how little I’ve got done over the last few months and I’m feeling gross in my ever-growing, hungover body. I look at the mirror and see the bloated face of a Pillsbury Doughboy. I’m not even going to tell you what my a*se looks like, except there now seems to be four of them.
I remember having this conversation with the lovely John Parkin when I was in Italy on the F**K It Retreat. I was asking him about the F**K It theory and saying how far could you push it.
Me: If I said F**K It to worrying about work, and diet and money, I’d just lie on the sofa and eat biscuits forever.
Me: But I can’t do that
John: Why not?
Me: Well, I’d just lie there and do nothing for the rest of my life. I’d never leave the house.
John: OK and what would that be like?
Me: But then I’d get bored and fed up and guilty
Me: So then I’d have to go and do something
John: There you go – you’re off to the next thing…
I’ve reached that point now. Time to get my S**T together. Get off the metaphorical (and actual) sofa.
HABIT ONE – BE PROACTIVE TO COME TOMORROW.
AND I’M ACTUALLY GOING TO KEEP MY WORD ON THAT FOR ONCE
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