Doing something is not your default. Doing nothing is your default. Until something is a habit it’s part of a daily resistance. We habitually get in the shower after we wake up. We habitually check our email first when sitting in front of our computer. We habitually say, “I love you.” as we head out the door on our way to work for the day (at least we should). Very, very few people have a habit of creating. There is a resistance that is real and alive that speaks to us when we think about giving birth to an idea or words or things. Most of the time that resistance wins. Doing something is not our default.
I can give you 10 reasons why I shouldn’t be writing this blog post.
- I have other things to be working on.
- I have a phone call in 5 minutes that I could be thinking about.
- It won’t be released before people get to work so less people will likely read it.
- I’m having a hard time coming up with 10 reasons.
- If I wrote what I was really thinking about today I’d have to repent (I’m distracted).
- My kids stressed me out today over what shirts they wanted to wear and what color cup they wanted their milk in.
- My wife and I had an argument this morning.
- I’m not ___________ (fill in blogger who writes better, more often and has more readers).
- I live in South Dakota. Who listens to a guy who lives in South Dakota?
- I’m afraid that if I’m vulnerable and honest with my readers they’ll think less of me, not more of me. It’s always more difficult to be real and honest in the short term. I’d rather be fake and say everything’s great and do a tutorial on some gadget.