Put Down the Whip

In life, everyone has that one area where things aren’t easy for them. Strange disasters occur, they sabotage themselves, they experience irrational terror, obsess about things everyone else finds easy, and make decisions no one else can understand.

For me, that area is my career.

I have spent years trying to threaten, cajole, terrify, strategize, and force myself into having a perfect working life. I tried to cut off everything that I couldn’t be in a corporate office. I tried to fit in the box.

And all that work only made me go slower, stress more, and move less. Or it resulted in three hours of sleep, too much coffee, a nasty temper, and an inability to think straight.

So I’m trying something new. I’m putting down the whip.

The apocalypse won’t occur if I don’t do anything. I won’t starve. My family won’t disown me.

No, the only risk is that I might be less happy. I probably won’t live up to my potential if I do nothing. I might grow old wondering “what if”.

That is enough to make me move.

Here is the Put Down the Whip Manifesto:

  1. Be really nice to yourself. Do what matters to you, right now, because it feels right.
  2. Don’t worry if what you do sucks, or you fail. Failure is healthy, adventurous, and educational. Doing nothing, on the other hand, breeds diseases, misery, and regret.
  3.  Make promises to people in public about what you are going to do, and then do it.
  4. It’s okay if you’re scared – that’s normal. It’s good if you’re weird – that’s normal too.
  5. Keep going.
  6. Relax.
  7. Get better, go deeper, and do what that really matters to you.
  8. Stay in touch with the people who believe that what you do matters.

What do you need to do what matters to you?

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