Develop a 5 to 1 habit
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work
When I talk to people about pursuing their passions in their careers, I often encounter an endless litany of 'reasons why I can't.' It seems to be wired into us to look for obstacles and declare them reality.
One of the ways to change that perspective is to develop a 5 to 1 habit. For every obstacle you recognize, commit to writing down five ideas for getting around that obstacle.
Keep a small notebook with you. When you catch yourself nay-saying, take note of the obstacle and jot down as many ideas for getting over, around, or through it as you can. Over time, you will start to develop the habit of automatically looking for ways around the obstacles as they pop up in your mind.
When your possibilities always outnumber your obstacles 5 to 1, you can't help but come out on the winning side.