friday's confession: doing the work is hard.

friday's confession: doing the work is hard. by tiffany han

In 100 Rejection Letters, I’ve committed to doing the work alongside all of the program participants.

I’m telling them they need to set intentions, so I’m also setting intentions for myself. And sharing them with the group.

I’m telling them to write a letter from their future selves. And I’m writing the same letter.

I’m telling them that they have to get clear on their goals and their end games before they start the process of going after they want. And I’m having to do the same thing for myself.

Y’all. It’s hard.

It’s much easier to focus on the new exciting thing! It’s easier to think about the best way to leverage twitter instead of figuring out what my 2015 business calendar looks like.

It’s much more fun to investigate new fonts for a brand update than put together a content calendar.

It’s much more fun to dream about interviewing Brené Brown or Elizabeth Gilbert for my podcast than drafting a potential sponsorship package and writing a marketing plan.

It’s always more fun to pick out paint colors and countertops for the new house you’re building. But if you ignore the foundation, the house will crumble, rendering all of that time looking for the perfect white paint worthless.

But building the foundation is boring. Learning about how to mix concrete is not fun at all. And so we all skip to the fun stuff.

We focus on the SEO and the pinterest and the “marketing secrets everyone needs to know” articles because they make us feel busy. They make us feel useful. They make us feel like we are doing something. 

But how many of us do all of that with an end goal in mind?

How many people who say “I want to be a professional {artist/blogger/life coach}” are actually able to sit down and map out a revenue plan for their next year?

How many people take the time to let the cement set and know that their house is built on a strong foundation before moving onto the fun of paint colors and doorknobs?

You have to do the hard stuff first. It is so important. (tweet it)

And here I am, doing it along with everyone else.

Facing the reistance, finding other things to do instead, letting myself be distracted instead of hunkering down and just getting it done.

Because at the end of the day, we’re all the same. We all feel it. We all avoid it. Some of us are just better at moving beyond that and getting our shit done than others.

One of my goals for this year is to become one of those people. One of those people who’s able to be productive, be a machine, focus and get her work done.

I’m starting small, working on changing up one habit at a time. Hoping that, over the course of 12 months, I’m able to get it done.

What kind of person do you want to be one year from now? Are you willing to go to Foundation School first?

**photo and graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching (that's the 100 Rejection Letters workbook!)

2015 Sparkle & Shine wall calendar from Tiffany Han