Welcome to Do The Hard Thing Episode 0. I am Jason Archer… creator, freedom seeker and leader of self | full time student and part time teacher of self mastery, and today’s theme is “Jason Needs To Do The Hard Thing”…
So, turn up the volume, put down the distractions and let’s kick this off…
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Have you ever started a project that you felt held a great deal of meaning for you, and then for whatever reason you could not move toward the outcome you wanted to create. Whether it was a Mental, Physical, or Spiritual target you sought, it didn’t matter… there was some part of you who refused to move. This podcast is born out of that specific idea. Do The Hard Thing is an exploration in human movement.
Today, I get to introduce this podcast and use my creation of this podcast as an example.
The title, of course, refers to me doing the hard thing… which has been getting this podcast named, setup, and started. I originally created a podcast with 2 partners about 2 years ago in the fitness space, however we had a parting of ways and I did not continue that project.
It was a great experience, and I enjoyed doing the shows. So really… it didn’t make sense for me to take so long to get this new show going. And, because I found moving on this so difficult, I started seeing this same behavior show up in others. All the ways people sabotage themselves as it relates to movement toward the thing they claim to want most.
Whether it’s the stories we tell ourselves, a lack of a skill, a missing bit of self mastery, or something else… humans are notoriously good at making themselves stand still, knowing their lives would be better and bigger if they just moved toward the thing they want.
Since that last show ended, I have been holding onto the idea of doing a new podcast and have even recorded several sessions with others that will be coming out on a separate show called “HardWodder Radio”… Yet, for whatever reason, I have not been moving on any of these ideas like I could.
So, I had to ask myself, “WHY?”…
It wasn’t a lack of skill or knowledge or anything like that. I know how to build websites, use recording technology, and all that, so what was it that has had me so stuck?
Well for me, what I realized doing some work on myself, is that I love the creative aspect of pretty much anything, and at the same time I am not the best follow through guy. It comes down to that old adage that “Million dollar ideas are everywhere, but people to act on them are scarce”. So that is one impediment, yet not that difficult to overcome if I’m honest with myself. The things I care about always seem to get done.
So it had to be something else. Did I just not care about this project? Probably not, so let’s go a little deeper.
Looking back at my business and performance life, I have a history of creating partnerships. I really enjoy working with like minded people. And, I really love it when a plan comes together (A-team reference). So what happens when I remove the partnership element and it’s just me? Well, immediately the accountability to others is out the window, now its me answering to me. That required a level of self mastery I didn’t possess 2 years ago. I was not the guy who could keep himself accountable when no one was looking.
Couldn’t do it… how do we know? Because I didn’t do it. The result speaks for itself.
Continuing on down that rabbit hole, if I knew I wanted to create this show, I knew how to do it (roughly anyway), and I had the skills to make it happen… Yet, I still don’t go to market with the idea; there can only be one impediment. ME!
Something inside me, something i was telling myself, some story of inadequacy kept me from making this idea a reality.
And, to be brutally honest about it I was choosing to be weak and small. I did not have the power to strike out on my own. I wanted the partnership because there I was safe and I could hide among others never really stepping into what I am truly capable of… because now, if I fuck up, it’s all on me. There is no one to share the blame. No one but me putting myself out there for all the world to eviscerate.
Irrational… yes. Uncommon… no.
So there you have it. Much of what you want and what I want is not lacking due to skills or processes… It is largely due to being scared shitless of making an individual power move. And, what makes it easier to move in the face of that fear of and lack of trust of ourselves is attaching the Hard Thing we don’t want to do to our larger purpose.
This podcast has been alive in me for weeks now… and because the purpose of the show is to get you, me, and those we care about to DO THE HARD THING that will create expansion in our lives, it had to find its way out. And finally it has.
With that said, when you look across the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your life, where do you need to DO THE HARD THING that you know will advance your expansion here and now?
If you let the sun set on another day without stepping into your power and putting your ideas into motion, it will be easier to allow the same damn thing to happen tomorrow. Your days here are numbered, so be sure to use your precious life force to continue to grow.
That’s it for today! Thank you for listening, and if you found value in this message be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google, or Stitcher | Share this with those you know need to hear it on social | And I’ll see you back here in the next episode | This is Jason Archer signing off | Now… go, and DO THE HARD THING.
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