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Sit down, shut up and get to work.

November 24th, 2016

It’s all in the doing.

The strangest thing happened today. I was doing my obligatory “charity ride is almost upon us and I’m woefully short of my fundraising target” tweet. No sooner had I posted it when a local restaurant that I frequent picked up on it and retweeted it, calling attention to my exploits, pledging support and inviting other restos to get involved, too. I realized in that moment that I could leverage my passion for cooking and cycling to create an impromptu Movement, and in a flash I was on it, tweeting like a mad man. Within an hour I had a dozen restos, markets and foodie friendly purveyors donating prizes, retweeting my call to action and increasing my volume and spread. In other words, I had a Movement.

Was it the thinking that got it rolling? Or the planning? Or the discussing? No, it was the distinct lack of these things that allowed my work to begin in earnest. I was acting on instinct, carpe-ing the diem, and getting the job done. Or as Elvis used to say, I was taking care of business.

So next time you’re stuck on a project or a plan or a course of action, stop thinking about it and just do something. Anything. The act of moving in any direction, regardless of whether it’s the right one is liberating in its own right, and will break the bonds of stiction more often than not.

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