I hope you're having a great week – getting lots of work done towards accomplishing your goals and making your big dreams come true!
Me, it's been a weird day (as I write this). I woke to find one of my best friends from high school featured (positively) in a Washington Post article...
I then spent half the day trying to restart my wireless home network which, somehow, got completely kerfluffled after a strong storm knocked out the power to my house last night.
After a few hours of fussing and feuding with router settings, modem settings, and a handful of other obscure settings,I still couldn't get the stinkin' thing to work.
"If only I was more clever," I thought.
And then I realized that that was exactly what I didn't need to be.
I've found the more I try to be "clever" in situations -- the more I try to be smarter or wittier or design a better widget, doodad, or snurkitz -- the more often I end up doing nothing but wasting time while I flounder,
flop, and flail my way to failure.
When I stop "being clever" and turn my focus to small, simple, sensible steps that I can easily evaluate for impact and effect, the more progress I make.
Instead of trying to be clever, I decided to approach it as if I wasn't clever (it was a stretch, but I managed...).
And you know what?
I had the problem fixed in 15 minutes.
So, my motto now is, "Screw clever – just do the work."