So it is in any situation you find yourself, no matter how overwhelmed you feel, no matter how much you may feel you are at the mercy of things that are just beyond your control, some part of it is within your control: 2 percent, 5 percent, who knows? There is always something you can work on. And often changing that little bit results in a whole lot. . . . Above all else, it gives you Hope. I am not as powerless as I thought. –Richard Bolles, What Color is Your Parachute?
I don’t know about “Hope” with a capital “H.” I’m not a Presbyterian minister who writes career books like Richard Bolles. But I’m really grooving on the idea of finding the space were you can move towards the two and five percent. We can move daily into the 2% to 5% that you can claim for your skill, dream, job search, or vision of what the world could be. By moving ever so little forward you also reclaim a part of yourself, samurai.
Even if you never reach proficient in your skill or reach the goal, you may just experience collateral benefit. For example, I’ve been studying Japanese off an on for ten years. The first six years or so were whiny self-loathing years. Then I started to pick up some new methods and inspiration from All Japanese All The Time. I started infusing fun into studying Japanese. I learned about timeboxing. My Japanese is a lot better, but what I discovered is that there have been “collateral benefits” to taking on this seemingly-formidable goal. I’m writing more. I’m being more persistent in guitar. “. . . changing that little bit results in a whole lot.”
You don’t have to give 100%. It’s awesome if you can devote your days to your goal or skill, but the all or nothing mentality can often kill. What’s going to add up faster–a couple of weekends a year of 100% or daily shots of two to five percent? Don’t let today’s poem die. Yes, you may be tired but what’s a measly two to five percent? Drop the seeds and let the flowers bloom.