The call is coming from inside the house

Don’t pick up the phone. Don’t even go near it.

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All of our cumbersome ideas about what we require to start, all of our postponements and excuses for our lack of creative discipline, and all of our waiting around until we have things tidily wrapped and packaged to finish, these are just a few of the obstacles that we set up for ourselves.

It’s another classic case of complexity being attractive because it feels like progress.

But the irony is, all this complexity is building tension and consuming energy. Artfully creating an endless stream of distractions that prevent us from realizing just how pointless it all really is.

Hell, if we put half the energy of our protests into doing the actual work, companies would start contracting us to deliver seminars on productivity.

When will we ever learn that the thing sapping us of the energy and motivation we need to do something about our problem is within?

It’s akin to the classic horror movie scenario.

A babysitter is home alone. She receives a creepy phone call asking if she has checked the kids. She calls the police. They trace it and they tell her, the calls are coming from inside the house. Cue the scary music and bloodcurdling scream.

This is an impeccable metaphor for the human condition. Because so many of us believe that we are safe inside our homes, when we’re actually locked in the building with the psycho who’s been making threatening calls the whole time.

Except in real life, instead of a guy with a hockey mask and a rusty machete, it’s actually our ego. Convincing us all our bullshit complexity and politicking and maneuvering and planning and justifying is a positive use of our energy.

But it’s not. Just when we think we finally have everything we want and we are ready to move forward with our commitment, our ego steps in and says, oh really?

The call is coming from inside the house.

Don’t pick up the phone. Don’t even go near it.

Unplug it, smash it against the wall and chuck the pieces in trash.

Who still has a landline anyway?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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