Most of us are listless at times. That is normal, and to be expected. What’s not normal is the bastardization of our Protestant ethic that makes us seem to work, seem to think, and seem to try. People brag about how much they work. As if somehow time spent equates to value added. We mark our time at our desks writing blog posts, answering email, and just sort of float on the surface.
We’re in some sort of holding pattern waiting for something to happen. We’re present physically. We know the real magic happens not with “presence” but with intensity. Focus. White hot burn. Go to the gym. Spend an hour or more on some elliptical machine. Not hard, probably does a little good. Perfectly safe.
What if you spent the same time pushing yourself to your absolute limits? What if you reached your pain threshold, and were not sure if you could do it or not? That every fiber in your body had to focus on this one goal…would you get more out of that? What if you spent less time with more heat?
What if you pushed to your limit in your work? Those are the difference makers, people that are indifferent to what the crowd does or thinks, but people that create the world and mold it regardless of resistance. People that ignore the persistent tether of the mediocre and don’t brag about 70 hour weeks, but brag about how much of their mind, soul and spirit they engaged to solve a problem.
We don’t ignite our souls because of ego. If we try our best and fail, it hurts a lot worse than if we half-ass and fail. So we don’t bleed for what we want. If it’s not us, but just some work that we’re indifferent to, then we can accept failure and our ego is unscathed because we weren’t engaged.
It seems safe, but the risk is greater because we never reach our dreams and our life is a morass of “woulda, shoulda & coulda.”
We must embrace the intensity that’s available to us, because only through intensity do we achieve what we are after. We must seek out intensity and find a way to find–and push through–the pain and doubt threshold each day.
Occasionally, time is the only currency that solves a problem. More often it’s thought, energy, determination and passion that solves problems. Just doing it.
That brings a question: are you putting time in, or are you putting your soul in?
What are you risking by merely putting time into what you’re doing? What will happen to your life?