Like most weekend mornings, I’m sitting here in the corner booth of a local coffeeshop, going through the paces of my morning routine.
While journaling this morning, I came to a pretty harsh (yet fairly obvious) realization:
I can’t do everything if I ever want to do anything extraordinary.
I know, I know. This isn’t anything revolutionary, but like most epiphanies, we come to them in our own time.
In today’s world, one of the hardest things to accomplish is focus.
I’m not talking about overcoming normal distractions like email and social media. I’m referring to identifying one long-term goal, breaking it down into short-term steps, and focusing on each one at a time.
Add the crippling, self-imposed pressure of mastering everything you try and it’s baffling that anyone gets anything finished.
Like many “creatives,” I’ve always prided myself on my ability to juggle several projects at the same time. From writing to illustrating to launching my own products and services, I’ve tried a little bit of everything.
If I’m being brutally honest, this is the very reason I’ve never reached a level of mastery with any of it.
At the end of the day, going all-in on any one thing scares the shit out of me thanks to one very real question:
What if I miss countless other opportunities simply because I chose to put all of my eggs in one basket?”
I’ve realized this is the wrong question to ask.
Instead, I should be asking myself, “How can I possibly carry all of these baskets anywhere without dropping them?”
I think I’d rather make extraordinary progress on one thing instead of making very little progress on many.