Start-keep statements

If-then statements do more than merely fill a line of code or literature. They provide guidance, direction, and order.

When we read if-then statements, we read maps.

These maps serve as a guide, directing us how to execute.

Start-keep statements are bigger maps with smaller if-then maps within them. They also guide, direct, and provide order.

They help us do things. (Things? Generic, I know, but stay with me.)

We have enough so-called thought leaders, gurus, jedis, and ninjas telling us the secret to successful this or the fast track to that. There’s no secret. There’s no fast track.

There are two simple yet hard-to-do steps:

  1. Start blanking.
  2. Keep blanking.

Replace blanking with anything you’ve been wanting–aching–to do. “What if I don’t know?” Respond to the art that keeps you awake at night–that which you desire most to create in this world.

Writing. Painting. Coding. Surfing. Volunteering. Acting. Selling. Serving. Donating. Giving. Teaching. Wine-making.

You choose. Start it, then keep doing it. Please.