The More Of It You Do, The Easier It Will Be

The more of it you do, the easier it will be. That’s as true for writing as for running, for praying as for cooking. The more of it you do, the easier it will be.

The barrier to beginning next time comes down a little when you begin this time. Next time, having done it before, won’t feel so intimidating. This is not how we often think about it. “By saving my strength today, I will have more to give tomorrow,” we tell ourselves. The truth is that saving our strength today only prepares us to save our strength again tomorrow.

Every time doesn’t have to be epic. Overcook the chicken today. It’s more likely next week’s chicken will be better for this overcooked one than for the imaginary one you never started on. Write a weak blog post today. It’s more likely to make tomorrow’s better than skipping today is.

Say “Yes” to requests to do things that intimidate you. Those requests are a gift. They give you another thing to put on your list of things you’ve done and can do again if you choose. Don’t say “Yes” out of obligation. Don’t say “Yes” when all your other Yeses are piled up all around you. Say “Yes” if you can actually do it. Just don’t say “No” because you haven’t done it before.

The more of it you do, the easier it will be.

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