I was watching some cooking shows on TV a while back and really enjoyed watching a professional make some delicious looking dishes and meals and I thought I should really do some fancy cooking someday – I can cook but not fancy. Then it struck me that that is what some people do with the lists I e-mail out and with this blog. They read it and enjoy it and many have good intentions of doing something about their lives sometime. Just yesterday I saw a friend that’s receiving my e-mails and she was raving about them, so much so that the other 5 people in the meeting immediately requested to be put on the list. This is a great result for me, but (although very inspired) she has not made it her own yet. Don’t get me wrong I’m very grateful that through her more people will benefit, but I’d be a lot happier if she turned that inspiration and good intentions into ACTION, action that will be of benefit to her – I’m very keen that she does the lists herself for herself.
So how does one actually start doing it and not just enjoy watching others do it. Well I suppose one way is to do the “Take Home Chef” thing and take me home. (I’ll look forward to your call :-)) But that’s not always possible. So without me actually coming to your home or office, how do you get going? Well it’s the same answer as the proverbial: “How do you eat an elephant?” and of course the answer is “bit bybit.” What we tend to do is “bite off more than we can chew”. All good chefs and coaches will tell you that small delicate bites are more edible. We often start off with such gusto and enthusiasm, do what we have decided to do with such verve and zest that we overdo it and invariably need a week to recover. Well, one needs to start in moderation. It’s tough, it’s a change, it means learning new habits, it probably means discipline. Well, start small, very small, certainly don’t overdo it, whatever you do.
They say the hardest part of the whole thing is actually starting. So the way to start is to decide what you need to do. Write it down – how, when and why, then do a quarter of what you decided now right away, immediately or as soon as absolutely possible. Tell others that you are going to do it. Ask others to hold you accountable (there’s a lost art form and a blog article right there).
I remember a quote by my friend Glen McQuirk “I know of no one who has reported getting rich by watching TV”. I wonder how many people became good cooks by watching TV, I’m sure many were inspired by the great TV chefs of the world, but eventually they had to start cooking themselves to become great .
Don’t be a spectator, just watching life go by, you’ve got all the ingredients for a spectacular life, get going now and whip up something special!