The Power Of Deadline: A Big Thing
I’m trying to post-publish some of the pieces from my first hand experiences and books that I’m reading every day and every night.
I’m really working to post-publish as short as possible because your time and attention is truly priceless and very meaningful to me.
Before finishing my first set of 38 push ups after waking up and getting up today without eating a meal for more than 24 hours (Intermittent Fasting or Warrior’s Diet, that’s why I really love Japanese Enagic Kangen Water and Superfood) and before preparing my hot coffee with organic cacao/tablea/dark chocolate, organic sugar, and organic Manuka honey:
I grab right away a book to read from my hundreds or even thousands of books that are nearly everywhere my humble abode.
Somehow funny but it’s true 🙂 because books are really an essential part of my waking hours and sleeping time 🙂
I come across some short pieces of the puzzle from the book that I grab which I somehow believe it will be of little help to you.
It’s from a writer who wasn’t following through his big thing for nearly or more than 40 years.
Here are some powerful pieces from one of my book grabs today from my so many books:
I’ve wanted to write a book since I was eleven.
I wasn’t quite sure what it would be about, but it churned vaguely in my mind for about four decades, causing a long-running psychic discontent.
Then a few years ago I wrote a column about deadlines for the New York Times, where I work.
Using the column itself as an example of the power of deadlines,
Unwilling as I was to write the column–how could I possibly do the topic justice?–I completed it on time because I had a deadline.
The column got me wondering:
How could more people, including me, approach long-term personal projects with that same sense of urgency?
That’s when, after a little over forty years of gestation, the topic of my book became clear.
The Big Thing of the title refers to a major project that is personally meaningful and requires sustained effort to complete.
It requires us to create a unique structure that comes into view slowly as we focus on the individual pieces of it, time after incremental time.
With a Big Thing, we don’t normally face the same stakes that we do on the job.
But that’s also what makes it so important.
Big Things aren’t decided by employers or clients.
They come from deep inside us, and reflect our personal talents, values, and points of view.
They are a way for us to order our experience, and to connect and amplify the moments of our lives.
But too often they remain obscured by the demands and distractions of everyday life, and by fears of failure.