Two days ago I opened this website. This was the culmination of almost 3 years of work. Over that time, I woke up each and every day with a clear plan. I tried to do whatever was needed to keep the project moving to the point of opening.
Yesterday was opening day + one. It should have been a great day. My business is open, and I could finally start getting to work with the business of teaching people how to run. Unfortunately that was not how it went down. To be honest, the day kind of stunk. Try as I might, I was not able to be as productive as I normally am. I was definitely working, but I did not seem to make any headway. I was also feeling down, and a bit lost. They were odd feelings, and ones that I am not used to.
Laying in bed that night, I realized what was going on. I had used up my “plan”. I had reached my goal, and did not know what I should be focusing on next. For the first time in years, what I needed to do was not clearly laid out before me. I had passed my first goal, and was trying to proceed without knowing my next one. This explained why I was feeling so uncomfortable and unproductive.
Today I am remedying this situation. My one and only task for today is to figure out my next goals, and planning how to best reach them. I am not going to worry about the present, or the past. I will exclusively focus on what I need to do to be successful over the next month. Only once I have taken the time to figure this out, will I again begin to try moving this project forward. I already feel better, and more productive now that I have made this decision. Problem solved.
Why am I sharing this story with you? I guess I am doing so because I know that this is not the first time this has happened to be. I also know that in the past, it has taken me much longer to realize what the issue was. Maybe you are in a similar situation at the moment. If you are, it is my hope that this post will give you a little nudge in the right direction, and remind you that planning always has to come before intelligent motion, and progress. It is easy to forget this.
So, off I go, with my map and my compass. I am excited to figure out where the next month will lead me.