I read an article on Jeff Bezos about a month ago and there was part of it that really stuck with me.
He basically said that the fall of Amazon was coming and that all he could do was delay it for as long as possible.
I don’t know what it was about his words specifically but I felt like there was great power in what he had said.
He’s built something iconic (despite the way the company is run for warehouse workers) that will never be forgotten but he knows that the reign of Amazon won’t last forever.
But I think Bezos’ words are a great reminder that everything is temporary, whether it’s totally amazing or incredibly blah.
That’s a lesson that comes from life itself.
It’s a question worth asking and I’d go so far as to call it mandatory for anyone that puts out content online. Whether you’re a blogger, podcaster, writer, social media influencer, youtuber, IGTVer etc.
Having an intention or some sort of direction will be incredibly beneficial.
It helps you figure out what you want to put out, the kind of opportunities you seek and the kind you’re happy to turn down.
On a random Sunday morning a couple weeks back I got thinking about The Daily Gemm and all that it could be. So now I have some long-term plans for this site outside of just posting daily.
It started with me asking myself what I want to be known for on this site. Things outside of consistency and being a writer. I came up with things like storytelling and self help/exploration/discovery.
And so now I’m figuring out how to bring more of that into what I do.
Sunday morning is the perfect time to make plans and daydream.
Take some time and think about an idea or a project that you’ve been working on and write down a grand plan for it. Make it meaningful, more than just I want to make lots of money.
Get right down to the core of your thing.
Why do I want to do this?
What am doing to work towards my grand plan?
What am I doing that is not helping me work towards my grand plan?
What can I remove from my life to give me more time and mental space to work towards my grand plan?
Do I believe my grand plan is possible and why or why not?
So now that you’ve given it some thought commit yourself to dedicating time every week to working towards your plans. It can be 20 minutes a day or maybe a couple of hours a few times a week. The point is to take action, start now.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Just kidding because that phrase makes me want to roll my eyes.
But in all seriousness it’s easy to fall into doing the things you’ve always done and putting off exploring life outside of that.
So maybe if you don’t feel totally fulfilled with where you’re at, make a plan and do something.
It could be trying a new restaurant, going on a date, visiting a new city, putting yourself forward for training at work or doing something nice for someone you know.
And like that other common phrase goes, ‘it’s the little things that make a big difference.
When you settle for less in life it’s useful to have a getaway plan.
A ‘I’m pretty unhappy with where I’m at so if things get any worse here’s what I’ll do’ plan.
It’s not that you’re totally miserable, it’s that you don’t get much fulfillment from your current life.
Maybe you have a good stable job, close friends and a decent social life but something seems to be missing. You might be a functioning depressive who isn’t even aware of where you’re at mentally.
The getaway plan doesn’t have to be pack your bags and escape to Oz. It could be getting a new job, a breakup, moving cities or even starting a business.
For me the getaway plan involves taking steps towards my ‘dream life’. A home with a big tub, a bookshelf and fuchsias. A job that doesn’t feel like it’s sucking the life out of me and time to spend writing and creating.
I’d like to be writing something more inspiring, uplifting or thought prompting. But instead here I am writing tales of things that greatly frustrate me, of situations that turned out not quite as I’d have planned. But that’s the things with words, sometimes its necessary to just let them pour out instead of trying to write in a particular kind of way.
And I guess this is my way of saying that I have a lot on my mind and even though I’m not writing all about it explicitly it’s been prevalent in many of the pieces I’ve written over the past few days.
As much as I want to get back to the good stuff, I don’t want to ignore what’s on my mind at the moment. I’m hoping that once I’m through with where I’m at right now there will be more to come that you’ll probably be much more interested in so bear with me, please.
I’d like to do more with my life than just spend my days ruminating, daydreaming and coming up with plans.
I think that’s the case for most people. I think that most of us want to do something with our lives that matters to us as it gives us that feeling of significance, it gives us some form of direction.
Without that direction we’re just sort of aimlessly living and it can be easy to fall into a life that brings you very little joy.
But time and time again I’m reminded that plans aren’t enough, you need to have that willingness to take action.
This blog was something I’d been planning for a while and when January 1st came around I wasn’t ‘ready’ to be a daily blogger but I did it anyway.
I did it because often what we need to do is push ourselves because the truth is you might never feel ready.
A sign that you might be in the wrong job is how you feel when you take time off.
Is the work break like an escape from your dreary everyday reality that you dread going back to. Or is it time to relax and recharge but you actually look forward to going back.
Career happiness is incredibly important to me so I think about this sort of thing quite a lot.
We spend so much time at work that I think that it’s important that we like going to work, that we don’t dread Mondays and that we get some sort of joy from the thing we do to earn a living whatever it may be.
I was recently reminded that no, I do not always need to push through and continue on as normal if I’m not feeling well.
I decided to take a much needed break and just rest. I lay in bed and drifted in and out of slumber, reflected on how I was feeling within myself and drank ginger tea.
It felt amazing to not have pushed on with working, studying and writing. Granted writing doesn’t take much out of me physically but I also needed to give my mind a rest which I don’t do enough.
As I lay in bed with my fleece on and a blanket at my feet with no phone, book, laptop or pen and paper, I realised that this simple act of nothingness had become a rarity in my life.
It was like a sort of informal mediation. It was much needed and I couldn’t help but think what a shame it was that it took me feeling unwell to simply take a moment for myself.
Some things are easy and others not so much.
Even though we often find ourselves wanting to drag our feet through the challenges we face because we’re certain we don’t want them, the truth is that from these challenges growth occurs.
And I think growth is always a good thing.