How Lying To Myself Has Kept Me In “Stuck Mode,” Time To Break Free

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and said… “I thought I’d be further along than I am now” ?

I have. 

And I bet I’m not alone.

Last night I got home from an amazing event in Nashville. It was Russell Brunson’s incredible Funnel Hacking Live 2019.

4 days of wall to wall mind-blowing, brain-expanding, courage giving, ball busting, light giving days.

I’ve been going through my notes this morning trying to decide what to share with you.

As I flipped through the pages, I noticed a common theme.

It’s what I’ve struggled with the most in my transition from being a full-time professional musician to a full-time, freelance, rock star copywriter and marketer. 

Next month marks 4 years since I was fired from my university teaching job.

Yet… I’m not as far along as I thought I’d be.

My little shoulder devil whispers in my ear with a poke of his guilty-conscience pitchfork. "4 years? And this is all I have to show for it?” 

I keep getting sucked into a brain Bermuda Triangle that drowns my progress. 

So, what is it that’s held me back? Why aren’t I further along?

I’m addicted to learning. 

Of course, learning is a GOOD thing.

Unless…

You’re constantly stuck in learning loops like I’ve been.

At least half of the speakers talked about getting stuck in learning at the expense of doing. 

“This is a faith-based game. Step out into the darkness.”

“You have no excuses! Stop stopping!”

“Do you have marketing stamina? Go through all the obstacles. Marketing is the oxygen of your next level.”

“Keep going because quitting will never get you there.”

“Don’t get high on learning… get high on doing!”
   
“It’s selfish of you to NOT share your unique story—somebody out there needs to hear it!”

“Makes ACTION your focus!”

“Be real. Be raw. Stop overthinking.”

“Don’t overcomplicate it. Just DO it!”

“Fail forward.”

“We only believe what we do.”

“Action shows belief.”

“The magic happens outside your comfort zone.”

“You’ve broken your word to yourself so many times that you don’t trust a word you say.”

“Start making decisions. Stop making choices.”

“Your learning to fool yourself into believing that you’re in motion.”

“Shift from learning to contribution.”

These are just the highlights of all the zingers. As I heard them over and over during the 4 days in Nashville, I started to see myself clearly.

I’ve been addicted to learning at the expense of action and contribution.

I’ve been fooling myself into believing that I’m making progress by spending most of my time learning. 

I always want to be learning. Every day. But it’s time to STOP learning without ACTION!

ACTION! ACTION! ACTION!

Time to GO!

For some reason as I wrote this post, I kept hearing “I Want To Break Free” by Queen. Perhaps it’s because I’ve recently watched Bohemian Rhapsody several times. 

So, for today, have a click, take a listen to some Queen (in drag… haha!) and see if you’re getting stuck in a learning loop like I’ve been.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Mc-NYPHaQ

I’d love to hear what you’re going to do to GGOOOOO!!!

Have a great day, and may your copy every be melodic and harmonious!

Doug