It’s slowly sinking in that I don’t have to be able to make complete sense of something to do it anyway. I don’t have to rationalize it, explain it, or justify it to myself or anyone else. I just have to get it done if I know on some level it’s what I want and need to do. Maybe the answers come after it’s done.
Do you struggle to complete tasks or projects that you know you want to complete… because you feel like you’re missing a piece somewhere? Or you can’t quite explain the entire idea yet? Or you’re worried what others will think and whether they’ll be okay with it?
I’ve been stuck there. Repeatedly. But I’m getting past it faster now than I used to. I’ve learned three things over the past year that have helped me.
1. Learn as much as you can about yourself.
I need to see the “big picture” and understand the goal I’m working towards, then figure out all the little pieces that need to be in place to get to the big picture. If I can’t see the big picture I get stuck. I can’t figure out what goes where or, maybe more importantly, why it goes there.
How about you?
I’ve learned more about my own style of working and am conscious that the more I can help myself create the big picture, the better motivated I’ll stay to work towards it.
When you understand your internal and external motivations, you can more easily move yourself to get things done.
And when you identify the biggest fears and stopping points you have, you can get help to combat and move through them.
2. Let go and have faith.
This may sound trite to some of you (others will get it right away), but it’s important.
Sometimes I have to let go, just do what I know to do, and trust that the pieces will fall into place.
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, relax and realize that when you’re ready for it the right resource or person will show up at the right time, or you’ll discover the right question to ask to find your answer.
Don’t wait until you can “see” how you’ll reach your goal to start working towards it! Figure out your first step, or two, or three, and just get started. As you do the work, each next step will get clear.
3. Trust your mentors and coaches.
They can see the big picture, and I’m going to trust that because they’ve been there, they’ll guide me to what I need to do at the right time.
I used to question that (in my own mind, I tried not to argue out loud)… I’d wonder if they really understood where I was trying to get… or if that strategy or tactic or idea would really work for me… but… but… but… no wonder I wasn’t getting where I wanted to go as fast as I wanted to go!
It reminds me of the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote:
You don’t have to see the entire staircase, just take the first step in faith.
Sometimes the answers are hidden in the “doing”–so dive in and start doing the work you need to do.
Do you journal your thoughts around business and what you’re working through? Do you look back through to see how far you’ve come, what’s changed, and what patterns you’re still stuck repeating? Does it help you to keep momentum and keep moving forward?