“Chase two rabbits and lose them both” (nito otte itto mo ezu). This Japanese proverb is a graphic picture of the mind which is divided in its purpose, and therefore loses that which it would gain . . .
In the martial arts, the hesitant abiding mind is considered to be the most vulnerable to attack. The main thing is to get moving. You cannot balance on a bicycle unless you are in motion. Once you are moving you can adjust your course. . .. William Reed. Aikido expert and business consultant
Indecision can be a time and motivation killer. I know. I struggle with it every day. Sometimes I lose precious time playing around with Japanese because I agonize about which would be the right method. Should I finish a japanesepod101.com or iknow.co.jp lesson or should I do something fun in Japanese. If I decide to ‘have fun’ in Japanese, I agonize about what would be fun.
The key would be to keep moving, as Samurai Renaissance William Reed explains. As I’ve explained before, I am currently doing Silverspoon, a a subcription program where I get daily recommendations of what to do and study in Japanese. Khatzumoto, the webmeister behind AJATT, deftly calls it structure without stricture. I like having a structure not just to have a structure but also because it gives me something to rebel against. You want me to watch anime all day today? Eff it…I think doing a japanesepod101.com lesson might be more fun today.
A friend recently asked me what I would do to create a program to get more people writing. One of the main suggestions I offered is to simply get a timer and write. I am not Shakespeare but I am writing. When I get stuck writing about a specific project, I get out my timer and go to the ‘blurts’ section of my documents and complain, scream, whine. Many times I come up with ideas for chapters or blog posts. Sometimes the blurts are just kitty litter、but at least I am moving. ‘ Once you are moving you can adjust your course.’
In his article, Action is Easy. Decision is Hard Khatzumoto puts it more bluntly:
So stop being such a queen and just pick whatever. Decide. Either way, it’s easy in that all action in your cushy, sedentary life is easy. It’s easy to do; it’s easy not to do, and — now that you’ve given up the duh-rama — it’s easy to pick as well.
Go on, timebox it. 90 seconds. Pick. Click. Move on with life.
Take out your Samurai katana and cut through indecision and do something in the direction of your dreams. And, if you see me on the road vacillating, give me a swift kick in the samurai.