“I turned down a scholarship to Yale. The problem with college is that there’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.”
Shia LeBouf, actor
I believe the biggest fight any person can be in, is a fight with themselves. Every single self-aware person on earth can think of at least one thing they want to improve about themselves, about their relationships with others, about their jobs, surroundings, about their life.
And after the realization that something has to be improved, something has to be done. And the reality of having to achieve goals kicks-in cruelly, leaving depressed, pissed off, agitated people behind.
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
Pablo Picasso, painter
Why is it so hard to do some things? Because they involve things we don’t like doing? Why is it hard to do things we don’t like to do, even if we know we have to do them eventually? What is the single most important characteristic differentiation between those who do and those who postpone? Are lazy people just ‘postponers’ or do super-productive people just not dislike any task somehow? Some are definitely driven by the fear of not doing what they were told to do. Remember the kids in your class who did all the homework every time? What about the kids who did all the homework AND wrote down everything the teacher said, however irrelevant?
Are the goals that are being set really the entire problem? Either too big or too optimistic or whatever? I don’t think so.
Is it the fear of consequences? What if I fail kind of thing?
Imagine if all people possessed the type of character that allowed them to have 100% control of their craving through sheer will power. Would that make Earth a better place to live in? No addictions, no obesity problems?