This one comes from rock star blogger Chris Guillebeau:
“[W]e tend to overestimate what we can complete in a single day, and underestimate what we can complete over longer periods of time,” he writes in his Brief Guide to World Domination (which is happily far from the megalomaniacal screed the title might suggest).
This is so true! When I came across these words the other day, I felt instant relief. Never mind that I already knew this. I needed to hear it again. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling slow moving and uncertain. How great to be reminded that most goals require us to take the long view.
Viewed from this perspective, I’m doing just fine. Things may not be where I want them to be, but they certainly aren’t where they were.
For one thing, I have a new job! A small job, to be sure, but one that I’m really excited about and hope will lead to more. Starting this fall, I’ll be teaching a course at UMass Amherst in the Commonwealth Honors College. I also just finished up final edits on a feature story on career decision-making – you can find it in Psychology Today’s September/October issue – and began serious strategizing about a big new project.
Which isn’t to say I’m not up against some daunting challenges. Those pesky eviction proceedings. Finding a new place to live. Dealing with health insurance issues. Several writing projects. When I look at this list all at once, I can start to freak out. My life feels like something of a high-wire act. Will I make it across?
Then I remind myself that I don’t need to take care of everything right now. Each of these things will take time to get done. And, the fact is, time takes time.
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