how about some less than shallow thoughts? mid-range ones, where you can go if you’re brave and strong, without equipment.
you know what has recently occurred to me?
that I never make time to think. like, ever.
with about any project, I just start. I get right to work, and work means literally catching a meteorite of a feeling out of the constant shower that’s swooping around my brain, and using it as the key to start the engine. I don’t really question it, I just pause for about 134th of a second, consider the options I can come up with in that short molecule of time, and then we’re off. it’s a bit like closing your eyes and pointing at a map.
this is exciting, and adventurous and who knows where we could end up!!!
and that’s just the thing. it’s a crapshoot that we make it to the destination. without planning. preparing. THINKING. and that gives me anxiety. precisely that – not knowing what I’m doing.
so I’m setting aside time to think. to concentrate on a problem – maybe it’s a client’s bedroom design, or a revamp of my website, or creating a cash flow spreadsheet, or contemplating a purchase for my home, my wardrobe, the way I interact with my dogs — then, I identify what I want the outcome to be and I come up with a solution.
I’ve only been doing this a few weeks (do you think I’m totally nuts, or can you relate to this?) but it’s changed the game. if I schedule time to think, then I don’t procrastinate on things that usually bum me out, because now I start them knowing what to do! and that was the battle before, having to wrap my head about where I was headed, and how to get there. now I’m practically driving a self-driving Tesla.
yal, make time to think. to just sit, and think. not meditate, because that’s quite the opposite (sure, do that too), but to focus on a problem or challenge and brainstorm, plan and strategize. makes all the difference.