“If someone asks you how to write your name, would you bark out each letter? And if they get angry, would you then return the anger? Wouldn’t you rather gently spell out each letter for them? So then, remember in life that your duties are the sum of individual acts. Pay attention to each of these as you do your duty…just methodically complete your task.”
-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.26
How you do anything is how you do everything.
When you are stressed and overwhelmed by the pressures of the future. Always keep in mind the task in front of you at that moment is where your attention is most needed. The most effective action you can take to ensure a bright future is doing the best job you can on your current task. The future is daunting and hard to predict. Have direction and of course dedicate some thinking time to the future, but don’t beat yourself up over what you can’t control. Where you will end up is dictated by a combination of small tasks. If you put genuine effort into each small task you face, it will compound into an opportunistic future. But if you let the quality of your work slip due to your overthinking of the future, so will the outcome.
Everyone should read The Compound Effect. This book sheds light and productively talks about the power of habit. It gives you a realistic approach to take control of your habits. It’s a gem.