Usually, I’ll tell you to go by your instincts: “Do what feels right,” “do what makes sense to you,” “your intuition won’t lead you wrong.”
That’s true, and yet there are times when we need to leap before we can see the net that’ll catch us. It’s a basic principle of life – you could call it the backwards principle.
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Task 1: The “backwards principle” – against your intuition
Full disclosure, this isn’t actually a term. I just invented it, because I think it’s fitting. I’m going to illustrate it with an example that’s going to make it very clear.
If you were trying to get fit, you wouldn’t say: “Once I’m fit, then I’ll go and exercise,” would you? No. You know that in order to create strength, you need to train your muscles and practice your technique.
Of course it’ll get easier once you’ve got a basic level of fitness, but to get there, you need to start before you feel like it. You start because you trust it’ll happen. And you do it against your intuition.
The same goes for everything else.
Task 2: Trust first
Here are a few examples of where it pays off to trust first.
- Investment. Money gurus teach that you need to start with a habit of saving and investing when you’re still broke. Tiny amounts will do. It flexes your wealth-building muscles (also, compound interest is a thing!).
- Time for passions. You’ll never have enough time. Stop believing your own stories. When you have lots on your plate, that’s exactly when you need to start radically making time and prioritising your passion. This will shift your life to create more space.
- Any endeavor. Starting a business, learning a language – you’ll never be ready and the circumstances will never be right. Start at the worst time. Once you make that decision and take action, the universe will move.