I love planning for vacations. This year I’m heading to Seattle, Michigan and possibly Ohio to visit family.
My sister and I talk about getting the “vacation feeling.” You know what that is. It’s the butterflies in your stomach when you think about your vacation. As much as I love to dream about vacation, there comes a time when you have to commit. Booking the flight can paralyze me.
The Doubts and Shoulds
As soon as I sit at my computer, all the “shoulds” come up. I should take care of this and that before I go. I should only go for 4 days because I have so much work to do. Should I plan to go in the spring or fall? What if I can’t get a good price, should I wait? Should I take my computer and work or not?
The decision becomes even more complicated when the “doubts” show up to keep the “shoulds” company. Can I afford it? What will happen to the business when I’m gone? I can’t go now, how about after that big project. The internal dialogue is exhausting.
This can happen in your business as well.
Ever been faced with a great business opportunity or a breakthrough idea? It meant taking the leap of faith, but it would be huge for your business. Then the debate begins.
Doubts and shoulds start to confuse the situation. When the opportunity presented itself, you felt excited. After a few moments with Doubt and Should, you’re not so sure. Where do these guys come from?
They stem from your logical brain trying to make sense of the unknown. Just like planning for vacation, your logical brain wants to fill in the gaps. It wants black and white answers to the questions. It doesn’t do well with grey.
One Step At A Time
There’s a lot of wisdom in that saying. When you take things one step at a time, one day at a time, one decision at a time, you can move toward the business opportunity. When you focus on all the stuff that has to happen, could go wrong, people who need to be involved, you’ll end up like me frozen staring at my computer trying to pick a flight for my next vacation.
Taking one step at a time allows you to keep the end result in mind. It actually helps if you do. But instead of getting overwhelmed, it keeps you focused.
Louise Hay author and founder of Hay House Publishing talks about her journey to creating Hay House. It’s started with an idea for a small pamphlet to sell to metaphysical churches. In her movie, You Can Heal Your Life she tells the story of how her and her 90 year old mother would do what was in front of them every day. In time those small steps led to an international publishing company, internet radio station and the Hay Foundation. If back in 1984, Louise tried to focus on all of this, I’m sure Doubt and Should would have created chaos.
Dream Big. Act Today.
So dream big. Whether it’s your next business move or vacation, think about the end result. Then focus on just want you can get done today. Focus on what’s in front of you, what’s presented to you.
Do any of you have a story when this worked for you? Go ahead and share below.