What I learned from waffles

Sometimes the process of thinking about, gaining momentum and transitioning to a different task, is more frightening, and worrisome than actually doing the project. Once you gain momentum you can make progress, but getting things moving can be extremely difficult. My strategy?  Shorten the transition time

If I think I should do something, instead of putting it on my list to do at a different time, and dread starting it, I force myself to quickly start the process. If I can short circuit the struggle for momentum, than I can be more effective, faster.

I discovered this trick through waffles. I often wouldn't make waffles because the process seemed too involved. The thought of getting out all the tools necessary seemed like a large project just to have food.

Well one day I decided within 3 seconds of thinking about it, that I would indeed make waffles and that I would time myself. I set a timer, and started. I got out the mix, put in all the ingredients, started the griddle, made the first waffle, and cleaned up the dishes within 5 minutes.

All those times I told myself I wouldn't make waffles because they would take a long time, but the truth was, the thought of making them seemed daunting and involved. Once I decided to do it, it was extremely painless, and efficient.

Don't make the same mistake I did. Don't handicap yourself from starting things because you allow yourself too much transition time.

Oh and yes the waffles were delicious.

Can We Achieve Excellence?

Think of excellence as a horizon instead of a destination. As we take steps toward excellence, its a mirage shimmering far in the distance. As we travel towards it,we encounter obstacles, fears, disappointments, and frustrations that we must overcome. When we do, we have moments of discovery, joy and accomplishment. Each time we reach a goal, excellence is just beyond the next. But progress is seen from looking at the initial first steps to where we are now. We're that much closer and heading in the right direction. The achievements are in the gained experiences, skills and wisdom, and not in winning the elusive title of excellence. So the question shouldn't be, can we achieve excellence; it should be, are we pursuing that lifestyle?