“Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe
Today is the first day of the ninth month of the year. The year has four months to go before it ends. Sometime in January, you made a list. A list of goals. Resolutions. Things you wanted to get done by year’s end.
Forbes contributor Dan Diamond, says in this article that only “8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.” Take a moment to look at your list. Are you in the 8% or in the 92%? What has gotten done? Something? Nothing? Why has nothing been done?
You’re going to say procrastination. That’s not it.
Procrastination would be a mute point if 1 million dollars was attached to the accomplishment of each of your goals. Procrastination is not what stops us from getting things done. That responsibility lies solely in the hands of interest. The lack of it to be specific.
Growth always rattles your comfort zone. Its response is resistance. It works in tandem with your mind to find any reason not to change the status quo. It’s too cold. It’s too hot. They looked at me funny. I just can’t today. Etc., etc., etc.
Steven Pressfield says “Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.” Believe him. Give in to resistance and your comfort zone wins. A win for your comfort zone is a loss for you. For your growth and personal development. Growth is the only way to guarantee that the future will be better.
Your only weapon available to combat that resistance is authentic interest. Interest, not only in accomplishing the goal but in the journey leading up to it.
Authentic interest is a small act with a mighty reach. It is its own motivating force. It can keep you up at night or jumping out of bed at the crack of dawn.
Think back to a vacation you were truly interested in taking. Chances are, you could barely sleep the night before the trip. Even if all the packing was done.
When I started writing I would forget to go to sleep. Eventually, I had to set a ‘go to bed’ alarm. That interest is now generating revenue.
Pair interest with discipline and commitment and it compounds. As Jeff Olson says, “The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.”
Disinterest delays the power of compounding.
Lack of interest is a powerful driver. For example, if you’re not interested in what a new day holds, you’ll keep hitting the snooze button. You’ll stay up late doing nothing of substance.
If you’re not interested in meeting a friend, punctuality goes out the window. Punctuality is a sign of respect. The lack of it shows disrespect but also that your interest lies elsewhere.
Interest is not passion. Interest is what you start with. Passion is what you end up with. It’s the reward for starting with interest and showing up on the hardest days.
Go back to your list. Look at your unaccomplished goals. Whose interest are they reflecting? Without a doubt, they are not reflecting yours.
Rethink your unaccomplished goals. Replace them with goals that reflect your interests. Not sure of your interests. Let action show you. Learn your interest by doing. Do things. Do more things. Don’t just acquire knowledge. Get your hands dirty. Interest like purpose is discovered not created.
There are four months left in the year. That should not give you pause. “One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Make it a great month.