Life’s Droughts

Every one of us has ups and downs in their lives. Times of prosperity and times of drought. And as the good book says; “times to reap and times to sow.”

Dark Clouds Ahead

When life starts to feel drought-like, it’s time to sow. What I mean, it’s time to invest in others, time to get out of your way, time to shake up the routine.

Droughts come in many shapes and forms. Often thrust upon us when we can least afford them. Face it they never feel convenient, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say, “this would be a good time for life to slide into the dumper.”

They have the power to manifest themselves in many ways. I’ve experienced creative droughts, relational droughts, employment/work droughts, poor health, and droughts of the mind. You know the kind, the droughts of the brain where we wallow, the gateway to anxiety and self-doubt.

Long Droughts Become Ruts

Like my Grandfather used to say, “a rut ain’t nothing but a grave with the ends kicked out.” Once you’re in, you’ve got some serious scrambling to do.

Step One

Stop obsessing, get out of your head. Probably the best possible way to do that is to put yourself into the service of others. Be interested in everyone who crosses your path, in turn, they’ll find you most attractive. The best way to do that is to listen with unwavering intent, making everyone you speak with feel like they’re the only person in the room. Be open and receptive to all opportunities that arise, not saying for a minute that you need to pursue every opportunity, listen, give it the fullness of time and weigh how it fits for you.

Step Two, Three & Four

Go back to step one.

Have a World Class day my friend,

When To Stop Thinking

The answer is probably a lot sooner than you usually do.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that we shouldn’t think. What I am recommending is that we need to stop, or at the very least, curb the inclination to overthink everything. Especially when we are in uncharted territory.

Stop doing that.

When you’re mulling over an issue, working out the next move or lamenting a missed step, you should probably quit thinking and start moving toward a solution, sooner rather than later. Analysis paralysis is real, and the only antidote to alleviate the problem is action.

Move forward, with either a big definitive act or a minuscule movement. The gesture is more about doing something that can start the ball rolling, the size of the action is typically defined by your perception and definition. Inevitably the first step leads to the logical second step, and before you know it, you’ve arrived at a solution. Or you haven’t, but at this point, you can make an informed decision and let it go if that’s the right thing.

Obsessiveness is debilitating. Train yourself to let go, to lose sight of the whole and focus on the next logical detail. Remember, and this does justify repeating, the importance of the next step is irrelevant compared to the process of just doing it.

Fulfillment is far more likely to be attained in the action step. Very little, if any, satisfaction awaits in the process of obsessive thinking. What often awaits is doubt, fear, and anxiety, the true motivations of overthinking and the root cause of the overthinking mental loop.

The reality is we don’t need all the answers. What we need is the courage to move forward, the confidence to try, and the willingness to be unattached to any preconceived outcome.

Adventure awaits in the unknown.

Roll with the punches and always, Think World Class.

Cheers my friend,

Adventures and Agendas

A quick word to the busy, distracted, and manic. Getting through the daily grind and accomplishing tasks on a list is not an adventure. These activities are agenda items, plain and simple. Sometimes we wish they were adventures and at other times insist there isn’t time for adventures because of our overburdened agendas.

The reality is adventures and agendas should be compartmentalized. Each understood for their independent purpose and value.

Agendas are essential in prioritization, they are invaluable in keeping focused and inherent in moving from concept to fruition of our goals. They serve a great purpose, they’re a pure form of function. The one thing they rarely are is memorable.

Life is Lived Experientially

Adventures, on the other hand, are the things dreams are made of. Life was never meant to be lived as a spectator sport, nor are the promise of its fruits tasted through rote and routine. Adventures need to be grasped by the ears and ridden hard into our memories.

Memories Shape Shift

The funny thing about memories; they take on a life of their own, they evolve, never to be relied upon for their historical accuracy. Memories are the storehouse for adventures lived, the place where they take on a life of their own through retelling and time. The one thing memories can be relied upon for is the emotional vigor that’s loaded into the fiber of a memorable adventure.

Live your adventures with gusto. Make time for them and never shy away when they present. Adventures make you exciting and also, comfort you throughout your life. Reflecting on old agendas, or lists of tasks completed generally won’t offer you the same emotional experience of the memory of a great adventure lived.

Adventures last forever ~ Agendas collect dust.