Ducks in a Row

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Ducks in a Row

I’m a “ducks in a row” kind of person. When I sit down to write, I make sure my computer and notebook are organized and neat on my desk, I have the right music in my headphones for optimal productivity, and then I feel resistance. 

Is this a good enough topic to write about?

Can I write a whole post on this?

Will this help anyone?

And the one that gets me most: Who am I to write about this?

Seth Godin wrote a blog post a while back titled “Whatcha gonna do with that duck?” in which he talked about people’s tendency to spend their time getting their ducks in a row and not deciding what to actually do with the duck, which is far more important.

My blog has kind of been like that for me. Every time I sit down to write, I feel resistance. The website, colors, logo, and pictures all look great, thanks to the talents of my beautiful wife. I spend all of my time getting my ducks in a row and when it comes time to actually put words on paper that could have a positive impact on someone reading them, the doubt creeps in.

So rather than get my ducks in a row one more time, I’m going to start doing something with that duck. 

Is this a good enough topic to write about? If it came into my brain, it must be. I guess I’ll find out if it’s good enough for someone to want to read. 

Can I write a whole post on this? Get started and find out!

Will this help anyone? Maybe not. But it’s guaranteed NOT to help anyone if it doesn’t get written.

Who am I to write about this? I’m just a husband, dad, and professional who is working every day to get better. I don’t know if that qualifies me, but I’ll take a shot.

What are you resisting today that needs action? Stop trying to get your ducks perfectly lined up in a row and go do it!

About the author
I am a professional dad of three. Let me clarify - I'm not a professional dad. I am a professional. And I'm a dad. I have a career that I love as a high school social studies teacher. And I am a dad of three to a two-year-old son and twin baby girls.

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