What to do when you want to do everything.
“ I have so many ideas”.
There are so many paths in life, so many goals I want to achieve. With so many different scenarios in which I can get "everything that I’ve ever wanted". I’ve found myself stuck more than once.
Here’s the thing(s):
- I’m in the process of starting a non-profit diaper bank.
- I have an MSW which makes me qualified to provide therapy.
- I want to be a social work consultant.
- I am passionate about stress management
- I LOVE photography
- I am currently an online ESL teacher.
I’ve gotten up at 3 AM every day for the last three months to teach with VIPKID. I’ve taken 5 days off in 3 months and honestly I’m pretty tired.
For a moment, I was content with the status quo. I’ll just do the things I’m obligated to do. Make enough money from home to support my family, snuggle my babies, and call it a day. 8 PM bedtime comes quick you know.
I completely neglected TGI Naptime.
It felt wrong, but guys… I was tired.
Last week was the first Saturday morning that I took off COMPLETELY. The whole family even skipped Hockey practice. I woke up at 5 AM and settled into my old morning routine.
Meditation, Yoga, Journaling, the whole Miracle Morning.
Okay, what should I do? What should I do? Which project should I tackle? There are no urgent deadlines... so where, oh where do I start?
I sat down with my handy-dandy notebook and instinctively I created categories for all of my goals.
Under each, I wrote the ONE step that I can take next to make progress.
Build a beginner photography course and offer it within my community
Research techniques I want to utilize in my practice
Make and distribute donation boxes
Develop compassion fatigue program for my local domestic violence shelter.
Which step will I take?
Any of them, all of them.
Okay, so whatever calls to me first I will run with. I made that decision and put down the pen.
Instantly, just like magic, I had an idea.
An idea that will change my consulting practice. An idea that will set me apart in my field. An idea that I am genuinely inspired by.
An app that will make my consulting clients lives much easier.
By the end of the day, I had meetings with app developers scheduled. An entire vision sketched out and the determination to follow through.
I gave myself the gift of inspiration and of focus & I took a leap.
It didn’t matter which path I took. Once I started writing an idea was bound to strike, and when it did I didn’t hesitate or question it.
"Hmmm, but wouldn’t I rather make a photography course….hmmm."
I didn’t make myself choose.
Does this mean I will only consult and that my other goals are now thrown away?
It means tomorrow I might create a photography course, and Monday I could make some donation boxes for my non-profit.
Multiple BIG goals are overwhelming.
It may not be the BEST idea to chase them all at once.
If you're like me and completely stuck trying to pick one goal…
You will go nowhere.
Pick them all, work in chunks and find your inspiration.
What are you waiting for?
Grab a pen.
- List all of your general themes. Don't forget to leave some space beneath each one.
2. Under each theme write the ONE next step you can take to make progress in that area. The smaller the step the better.
3. Read your list.
4. Shhh! Listen, what calls to you?
If none stand out: Which of these can you do or at least start right this second?
5. Do something.
Anything it doesn’t have to be the most important one on the list. It doesn’t need to be the most urgent or the most lucrative. Do one of them and see where it takes you.
I can’t tell you how to stop and focus on one specialization. I know that’s probably the real BEST way to make life-changing progress. I’ve just been unable to do it.
“Shiny Object Syndrome” is a way of life for me. I really think it’s just who I am. Fighting that is not working, so I’m rolling with it.
Let’s see where this road leads.