Bad inputs beget bad outputs, especially in the long run. Likewise, quality inputs beget quality outputs, especially in the long run.
Yes, you might be able to get by in the short term on four hours of sleep per night, a diet of processed foods, and a lack of exercise. But eventually, you’ll wake up with low energy, a lack of motivation, and wondering what happened.
Perhaps it was your sleep, diet, and exercise?
Similarly, a lack of ideas can seem like a personal problem… something to be pushed through with gusto. But sometimes the easiest way forward is to let go and focus on inputs.
Perhaps the lack of ideas comes from a lack of new material?
How would your outputs change if you started reading, watching, and listening to something new and different every week?
How yould your energy change if you focused less on the problem and more on the inputs of sleep, diet, and exercise?
Being stuck is often about where we start, as opposed to where we end up. Maybe it’s time for new inputs.
Thanks to Chase Reeves for reminding me that inputs give me fresh energy and motivation.