25 Oct Chasing the Rabbit
“If you chase two rabbits, you won’t catch either one.”
I found this old proverb in the terrific book The One Thing by Gary Keller. It changed the way I was thinking. It changed the way I am living, so now, I’m chasing the rabbit. (Here’s a FUN book trailer if you’re interested.)
Here’s what I learned.
I have a whole herd of disorderly rabbits in my life.
Every day I get up and chase a dozen things: laundry, cooking supper, writing a blog, researching my next book, dog sitting my daughter’s dog, making lunch for my son. I clean and shop and get groceries and go to the library and the post office and the bank. Life just takes over.
But not anymore.
As I read through, The One Thing, I started analyzing my ‘rabbits.’ I told them, “GET IN LINE. I want to see who you really are!”
They lined up in a circle, not a line, but hey. Not bad for the disorderly bunch that they usually tend to be.
It’s not like I wanted to abandon any of them. I can’t stop cooking, can’t stop doing the laundry. But, I did prioritize them.
My One Thing
The one rabbit that came out on top? Finishing my next book.
That’s My Rabbit. It’s what I want to chase every day.
The Other Rabbits
The other rabbits may fall down a little, be disorderly, get tipped over, or have to stand on top of each other to be recognized. The laundry might lay in a heap for two days. The garden not get weeded. But what I will do EVERY day is Write My Next Book.
I decided on three hours, because it fits my lifestyle. Maybe you can only dedicate one hour. Maybe it’s at night not in the morning. It doesn’t matter.
But the truth is pretty simple: the thing you do is the thing that will get done.
Chasing the Rabbit
The FIRST thing I do every morning (after making coffee and journal writing and some coloring book/memory work) is to sit down at my desk and spend Three Hours, with my keyboard, Writing. I use the clock. If it’s two hours and a half, I tell myself, “Half an hour more. NO, You Cannot Stop. Finish it. Just Do It.”
It’s amazing how much gets done just because I’m sitting in a chair and refuse to let myself get up. 🙂
Just because I say, “The library trip can wait. The garden can be messy. The phone can go to voicemail. I Will Write.”
Catching the Rabbit
The funny thing is, my life hasn’t fallen apart.
And dang if it isn’t true. Every single day, I’ve not only chased that rabbit, I’ve caught it, too.
At the end of three hours, I hold that rabbit up and look him in the eye and laugh. I did it.
Then I let him down and he hops away rather pleased with himself. And I’d have to say, I’m rather pleased, too.
And then, the whole blimey herd of rabbits appears out of nowhere, bouncing and jostling to be noticed. They kick up their heels and beg for attention. But I don’t mind. In fact, it’s pretty nice to get out of my chair and step out into the world and see what the rest of the day will bring.
What’s Your Rabbit?
What’s the rabbit in your life that is sitting up and begging to be noticed?
What’s the thing, above all else, you want to get done this month, or this year, or in the next five years? Half the job is figuring out what “that” is.
And when you know, then I’m wishing you the best of hunting.
Go Chase That Rabbit. I can’t wait to see what you catch!