• William Shewfelt

Stumbling and Fumbling: Coming Back from a Loss

It’s inevitable. If you’re truly pushing the limits of what you’re capable of and really living on the edge of your comfort zones—you will fall down.

Every baby encounters this reality, but that doesn’t cause them to stop walking and abandon the pursuit altogether.

Over time, as adults we sometimes do just that. Maybe let’s take a cue from infants here and remain constantly curious, constantly optimistic, and relentless in our learning.

For me—I hit a stage yesterday where I had a mountain of work before me and hardly any energy to do it.

I attempted to push through and complete it—but eventually I buckled under the pressure and finally went to sleep…and slept in until around 6:30am.

I wasn’t happy about it. I felt the surge of guilt. I felt like I had weakened and disappointed myself.

But the important question is to always ask—what’s the lesson here?

I learned a few lessons in my opinion. The first lesson was to move with more speed throughout the day. This speed would allow me to execute more efficiently, leaving me with more time to rest at night.

The second lesson was to execute past exhaustion. Yes, that’s right. I am a firm believer in resting when the job is done—not in the middle of it.

I resolved this morning to always execute past exhaustion. Why? Because I am strong, because my body can recover, and because the lessons and revelations always live on the other side of completion of a task.

You don’t learn much from hypothesizing. You learn from running the experiment.

I’m also a huge believer in diving headfirst into things. By over-planning and over-pondering, you often scare yourself out of tasks that aren’t that difficult.

For example, when I have to film a vlog, or create some piece of content—I often view it as some incredibly difficult task. But when I simply just get started, it’s usually done before I realize it. And I’m pretty gritty once I start something so odds are the task gets completed.

Just some food for thought today! Move with speed and execute past exhaustion.

Maybe these are just the musings of an overly hungry young man….and I’ll look back on this smirking when I’m 70. Or maybe not and these habits will stick over time. I hope they do. 70 year old Will—I hope you’re still working hard and getting up at 4:30am!

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