I’m a big fan of Tim Ferriss – his books & blogs & podcasts & other media. He’s a searcher. An experimenter. A questioner. A dreamer. He’s the one who, by constant repetition and example, made me curious about Stoicism.
He recently said something on a podcast that hit me strongly:
“How you do anything is how you do everything!”
That matches perfectly with the martial philosophy I’ve espoused for most of my life. You must do the right things for the right reasons, no matter if anyone is watching, no matter how big or how small, because – quite simple – there should be no other way to do it.
So when he said “How you do anything is how you do everything”, I saw that as a much more concise way of saying, “If you do the simple things in a crappy way, you’ll likely do the important things in a crappy way too.”
As I grow older, I am becoming more conscious of how I do everyday tasks, how I handle everyday conversations, and how I live my everyday life. I want to consciously put care and positive intent onto each and every one of these tasks so that it becomes second-nature, so that it is automatic.
Right now, my biggest adversary is procrastination regarding tasks that I’m not excited about. Especially at work. I need to read my right forearm and “Just Begin” because I KNOW from experience that once I get started, it’s very easy to maintain a good momentum. And, if I put more concentration toward “Just Begin” on the boring everything stuff, I’m more likely to do so on the big stuff to.