• I told my trainer this week that I learned a new word in Dutch. Proberen. To try.

    “Forget it,” he said. “It’s useless. It means nothing. What does it mean to try? You either do it or you don’t.”

    So I said, “Who are you? The Dutch Yoda?”

    I wrote a week or so ago that I was having stamina problems and also problems just getting started. My trainer gave me a good piece of advice (and sounded like a Nike ad). He said, “Don’t wait for Monday or the 1st of the month. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Just start. Now. This minute. Don’t worry that you didn’t do it yesterday. Don’t remember that you used to be able to do so much more. Just do it now. Do as much as you can. And what you can’t do doesn’t matter. Don’t compare. Just do now.”

    I hear you.  I hear you.  “That’s what personal trainers are paid to say.”

    Well, I’ll tell you what.  Although I knew all this stuff already, hearing Roel say it really helped reinforce it.  And although I felt crappy, I went to yoga the next morning.  And then I took Shmi for a 30 min walk five times that week.  I didn’t think I had it in me.  But instead of sitting around beating myself up for not going to yoga twice a day like I used to in St. Croix or walking 5K a day up hills like I did in PA, went out and did what was in front of me.

    And I felt terrific.  Because I not only benefited from the activity, but I felt a huge sense of accomplishment from having done what I set out to do.

    And that one day when I walked 18 mins instead of 30?  Who cares?  I did it.  I did as much as I could on that day.  It felt just as good as doing 30 on any other day.

    I hear this too:  “Yeah, but what if I can’t do that.”

    You’ve missed the point.  You can.  That doesn’t mean you do everything.  That doesn’t even mean you do what you set out to do.  The important thing is that you wanted to do something and you DID something.  It doesn’t really matter if you did only a tenth of what you wanted to do.  It matters that you did it.

    And it’s the exact same in building a business.

    Yes, you will get there faster if you work at 110% capacity every single day.  But sometimes you have to wait on other things.  Sometimes the timing just isn’t right.  Sometimes you just don’t have it in you.  Sometimes a little time off makes the periods before and after radically more productive.

    The point is that you can’t let up.  You have to keep at it, even if that action is purely mental planning and preparation.  You have to do.  Nothing happens if you don’t do.

    So don’t try.  Do.


    Kass, As always, you're my hero.