I do not mean to rush you, and yet you have taken your first several steps towards whatever you want to achieve.
During these times of progress and development you get a rush of pride and energy. It feels good.
You landed that client (like I did).
You’ve launched a new book or marketing campaign.
You might’ve made a new friend that can really help you out.
It’s around this time where the people who have been keeping tabs on you will ask you this one question:
Some may even offer to help.
But when you think about it a lot of times we come up with a simple answer of…
“I don’t know.”
That was me yesterday when I was asked by a woman who has been keeping tabs on me. I’ve been chatting to her about my progress on and off since February and she’s great.
I enjoy her uplifting nature and overall energy. She’s a passionate individual.
But after a little bit of thinking the only thing I drew out was marketing.
And I feel that “I need help with marketing” is a bit of a blanket statement.
People can always use more marketing.
Plan Your Next Move Quickly
The point of all that I’m saying is that though you want to celebrate and share your victories, it’s also a time to plan your next move.
Sure you may have spent an hour or so putting together a well thought out plan.
I did that a while back.
But life has a way of twisting and turning.
You may have started to follow that path on your plan, but then a more appealing branching path emerged. One that you never could’ve expected.
It can really throw your plan up for a loop and leave you with a “I don’t know what to do” kind of situation.
In the event of not knowing what to do next here’s some things to keep in mind.
If you’ve put a plan together, you have that. — Seriously, you can go back to it at any time and modify it. Sure, it may have missed what you were intending at the beginning.
But from new positions brings new ideas.
Use those to your advantage and forge something you never would’ve imagined.
Go for a walk and think things over. — This was my move and it put a lot of things into perspective for what I want to be doing next.
Walks are of course good exercise, but also give your brain a rest from the basic work that you are doing.
Use the opportunity to spend some serious consideration on your next move.
Check yourself and see what this addition brings. — Whenever we make progress something within us changes. What once was a pipe dream could very well become a reality when you do a certain thing.
Checking yourself allows you to reflect on the person you are becoming and even checking back on your previous plans.
Remember what you’ve said in the past. — The plan I have put together hasn’t been updated for a while now and since then, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve even created some new ideas I haven’t jotted down. I’ve retained it because it’s a good idea though.
In those events, think back to some ideas that you have fleshed out and haven’t written them down. Perhaps they are more appropriate now than before.
These are all things to help you figure out your next steps. The momentum that you brought with that previous step is significant, however it can get burnt out when we lack direction and spend too much time dwelling on our past accomplishments.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t deny celebrating. But the next step is so crucial or else we become too comfortable with the improvements we’ve made and stagnate. It’s when we don’t figure out our next steps is when our innovation and creativity can and will dwindle out.
Not because of a lack of practice.
But because we’ve accepted the position in life and have settled for it.
The thing is though is we aren’t meant to sit on our past achievements. Sure, celebrate it, rely on it, but only for a period of time. There are other projects, goals, and a whole world to explore.
So plan your next step, and do it as quickly as you possibly can!
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
Yesterday was a day filled with more writing. I started to delve into the work of my second client and it’s been coming along smoothly. I also had that brief meeting as I said above and it helped me a lot in planning out what I want to be doing next.
That walk I took also put a lot of things into perspective with what I should be doing as well. It’s a thrilling experience for me and it’s bringing me one step closer to what I want to be doing.
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