A few months ago I had an idea for my book and I planned to spend my summer writing in-between picnics, parties and Prosecco.
But summer came, summer went and nothing ever came of that book idea. Infact, I don’t even remember the idea that I had.
But then a few days ago I had another idea and I thought about how great it was that I have ideas in abundance.
And perhaps this current book idea will just become a series of blog posts but it could also become my bestselling debut.
Either way this situation of forgetting a good idea and quite seamlessly moving on to something else I’m just as happy with has served as important reminder.
First of all to follow through with my ideas but also that I’m full of them and I want to share them.
It can be difficult to admit that because it feels a bit showy to put yourself out there but it’s also necessary.
Yes, no, maybe so.
There’s a thing in NLP about outcome based actions, that what we do should be based on the outcome we desire.
But recently I found myself thinking about how it’s important to not be too attached to the way things turn out.
At least not to the point where you crash and burn when things don’t go to plan.
It’s an interesting balance between action and outcome.
Sometimes we do things we wouldn’t normally do in the hopes of getting what we want. Sometimes it works out in our favour and other times not so much.
I believe that your actions should be done in support of your desired outcome but you shouldn’t be so attached to the result that you’re disheartened if things don’t work out.
Because no matter how hard you try, wish and will, their is only one single factor that you can actually control.
With 2019 on its way out, now is the perfect time to start tying up loose ends.
October marks the beginning of the last quarter and I think the next few months are going to be pretty important.
Now is a great time to do things you’ve been putting off, resolve any issues and have those much needed conversations.
But I also think it’s a great time to think about what you want moving forward.
Maybe do a life audit and figure out what’s not working and what is. What do you want more of in your life?
Once December comes around it’s easy to get caught up in the flurry of sequins, sparkles and soirees (and potentially snow), dinners, drinks and dancing.
Then suddenly it’s 2020 and you’ve spent the first few weeks as a floaty thing with no real sense of direction and you have no idea what you want for the year ahead.
So, now might be perfect time to start your process of closing out the year.
And if you’re not convinced, just think about how good it will feel.
Can you remember where you were at in life 3 years ago?
Did you have a job?
Where did you work?
Were you happy?
How were you spending your free time?
Where did you live?
What were you reading?
What were your life goals?
Who were your friends?
Who were you dating?
A lot can change in 1000 and something days and in a ‘Go, go, go!’ society it can be easy to overlook just how far you’ve come.
Maybe you went from working part-time in a cafe, pretty happy with life, reading sci-fi and dating a dreamy guy who took you on picnics and twirled you to beautiful music.
But now you work full-time in HR, you’re not particularly happy, you have live in an expensive apartment in the city and don’t make time for the things you enjoy.
Things could be better, worse or maybe just different.
And if looking back makes you realise you’re not happy with where you’re at, why not do something about it.
It always feels good to start projects and make plans (at least it does for me anyway).
But what’s the use in making plans if you don’t follow through.
That really good idea you have could actually be something in the physical reality if you’re willing to bring it to life.
To want and do nothing is of no real use.
It creates a cycle of excitement at the possibility and disappointment at the outcome of nothingness.
Everyone has plans whether its passing thoughts or things you dedicate your daydreams to but if you really want the plan to become part of your reality then you kinda have to do something about it.
What do you do when you wake up one morning and realise that the life you wanted is no longer something you want to pursue?
How do you let go of an old dream?
I’m still figuring out the answers to these questions so let me know if you have any insight. What I’ve discovered so far though is that it’s okay to change your mind and ten years spent on a path you no longer what to pursue isn’t wasted time. Especially if it gave you the chance to learn, develop and realise that you want something else.
Life is all about contrast and sometimes we have to experience something that we don’t want to figure out what we do want.
Too often we think that changing our minds about what we want means starting over when in reality you never go back to the start line you just continue to develop.
Perhaps, the challenge in letting go of the old is in knowing that you’ll have to re-envision your life plans and commit to something new which is both scary and exciting but more often than not worth it.
But why not give it a go, after all its there for a reason.
Human beings are creatures of habit and it’s fascinating to delve into how deep this characteristic runs and how it can impact our lives.
If you’re used to going with plan A and you aren’t getting your desired results it might be worth considering plan B. It might feel strange and uncomfortable which might make you question whether it was the right choice. However, that feeling is expected when you do something you’re not used to.
You might find plan B to be the best thing you’ve done all week or just as challenging as plan A.
But the important thing is you gave it a go and embraced a different kind of way.