make "one day", today

February 21, 2008

waiheke

So I was chatting back and forth with some of my friends on one of my favourite blogs, Men with Pens, and the more I thought about something I said there, the more I thought it should be the cornerstone of what I am doing.

Of how I should live my life.

I have often said things like, “one day, I’ll be a writer”, or “one day, I’ll go to New Zealand”.  Well, I eventually did go to New Zealand, last year.  The picture above is one my wife took of me standing at Mudbrick, a restaurant and vineyard on Waiheke Island near Auckland, New Zealand.

“One day.”  I have used that line many times, as part of a never ending list of excuses for why I am not doing something.  Not why I can’t do something – no, why I *won’t* do something.  I might say, “one day, I’ll do this, but I have four children”.

Yes, I do have four children.  But they do not hold me back.  They inspire me, because when they want to do something, they just try it right away, fall, and get back up again.

Perhaps it may take longer to get things going with a full-time job and a large family, but that is okay.  It is all too easy to give up, unless you see that others who have had wild success did not do it overnight.

I honestly never thought I would get to stand atop that hill, by the vineyard.  But I did it.

Today, I am writing these words on my blog.  I had often said, “one day, I’ll have a blog”.  I have one, today, and I am on my way – I am a writer, and I will succeed.  I am writing two books as we speak.

I am personally inspired to write by two successful authors – John Grisham, who took three years of his spare time to write “A Time to Kill” – and J.K. Rowling, who took about five years to write “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, on a manual typewriter no less!

Both authors had their manuscripts initially rejected.  Both persevered, and became wildly successful.  They turned “one day” into today.

And I am inspired by all of you, who take the time to come here and read my words.

It is possible to find the time.  We are all given the same amount of time, it is what we make of it that counts.  In “The Assault on Reason”, Al Gore claims that the average American watches 4 hours 35 minutes of television every day.

I do not watch television much, but I spend a lot of time reading other people’s work on the web.  Much of it inspires me, but inspiration without action…

Now, if I took Harry’s 10 minute approach to any particular task, and turned it into 1 or 2 hours a day, imagine where I would end up.

I would turn “one day” into today.

And that is what I am doing, right now, today.  It works.  Thank you for the inspiration, my friends.

Take 10 minutes.  Write down whatever it is that you want to do “one day”.

Start doing it today.

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8 Responses to “make "one day", today”

  1. Terry Finley Says:

    I just found your blog.
    I like what I see.
    Someday is today.
    That inspires me. Thanks

  2. brettlegree Says:

    Hi Terry,

    Thank you for stopping by today. I decided to return the favour, in kind, and I like what I see at your blog.

    This is what it is all about. We are put here on this rock to help each other through it, whatever “it” is.

    As I inspired you, so you inspire me to keep writing.

  3. joohliah Says:

    All of this is true Brett… Sometimes I find it difficult to make the difference between research and loss of time, daily obligations and procrastination…

    I read somewhere (maybe Dave Navarro said it) that when we have important projects, we should start by doing that precise thing when we get up, so that we’re sure we work on it everyday. Unfortunately, I can’t really manage that yet, (it’s difficult with loads of different projects) but I think it’s a great idea…

    Lots of good vibes towards your books and work and family. And thanks for sharing all of this :)

  4. brettlegree Says:

    joohliah,

    I know exactly how you feel. It is a constant struggle to stay in focus. But that is just being human, I guess.

    We will all fail when trying to make change, but the thing we must do is get back up and try again. If we do that, we will succeed.

    I have found what you said to be exactly the case. If I work on my most important things right away, first thing in the day before anything else, I am really effective. That is when I wrote this original post, around 4 am on the 21st. It was a beautiful time, that morning.

    All I can say if you want to work that way, is just start slowly. Try it for a few days, try getting up earlier and just work on one thing you have decided from the night before. Eventually you will form a habit.

    Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement, and may I also pass on good vibes to you.


  5. Great Post Brett

    I have practically stopped watching television, in fact, the only time I watch TV is when I eat dinner with my family on Sunday evenings, and we usually watch the cooking channel. (I work nights, 6 days a week). I don’t miss television at all, and once you get away from it, you realize what a big waste of time that it really is.

    More productivity, less brain washing.. Who can go wrong with that.

    Take Care my friend!

  6. brettlegree Says:

    Thank you very much, Charles.

    We are kind of the same. If I watch TV, it is with my family, especially my children – a kids movie, perhaps. And I am like you, I don’t miss it. I used to watch more, when I was younger, and then I realized that it was always just more of the same. Each new series was very much like the last, with different characters but much the same storyline.

    And mostly something to keep you entertained between commercial advertising.

    So I stopped. I went outside, I started reading again, and most recently, started writing.

    It has been great.

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend.

  7. Tina Rietveld Says:

    Hey Brett!

    Drop me a line…I haven’t heard from you in so long!

    I like your blog–something a bit different for you! You’ve come a long way since the days of the internet service that suspended all your jpegs!

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Tina

  8. brettlegree Says:

    Hey Tina,

    I’m so glad you stopped in today – it’s been a long time, my friend. I’ll send you an email tonight.

    If you want to see where I am now, go to http://6weeks.ca

    (which reminds me to do that 301 redirect soon)


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