Sam and Josh are the bed trying out my new bed base. I'm at the desk writing.
This is like a psychologist session for me.
I look up.
What are you thinking?
The goals I have and finding the fastest way possible to do them. Having fun as well. But I'm scared.
What are you scared of?
Scared of doing them. Scared of them being impossible to reach. I don't have time or experience or the money to do it myself.
You are a level 1 crook at the moment. You have to work up to be a level 35 boss. That's how mafia works.
We laugh. He was talking about a meme going around. And he’s right.
Write down what you're thinking. You may get lost in thoughts but found in the words. It helps me. And it's free to try.
Sam listens closely.
Then get up in the morning and write 1 thing down on a piece of paper. What's 1 thing you want to get done that day? Then do it the next day. Learn what it's like to get something small done.
Hey Siri 20-minute timer. I set a timer.
When it's time to do the thing you wrote down, set a timer for yourself. For the next 20-minutes do nothing except work on that thing. For the first few minutes it will be hard but then as you go on, you'll get into a flow.
He smiles and picks up his phone. Facebook is more entertaining than me.
I go back to writing.
I think of something else to tell him. Patience. But it can wait. I don't want to over lecture him. The best way to teach is to set an example anyway. I know I can do that.
He's holding himself back. I'm holding myself back. We're all holding ourselves back. It's the old version of ourselves. Our old way of thinking.
That's why we're scared of the goals we have. Because the old version of ourselves doesn't have the brain capacity to handle them.
Can you imagine trying to run the latest apps on an old operating system? The latest version of the Quora app wouldn’t run very well on iOS 6.
To achieve what you want to achieve, your old ways of thinking have to be upgraded.
This is where writing has helped me. Write down the best version of your future self. 3-5 years from now is a good timeline. Not too long. Not too short.
How would they think?
How would they make decisions?
What actions would they take?
Those are the features you want in the most important software there is: your way of thinking.