The Soul Alchemist

Don’t Know What You’re Doing? You’re in Good Company.

February 16, 2017

Keep going. You'll find your way eventually.

Having to know exactly where you are and what you’re doing every step of the way is one of the quickest ways to kill your progress and choke your potential.

Believe me, I know. I’ve stalled countless times in my single-minded pursuit of ‘absolute’ clarity. But there comes a point where something shifts (it has to). Where your desire to do something of value becomes greater than the fretful clutter of not having the step-by-step blueprints.

This shift occurs around what we tell ourselves we have to have in order to begin something.

The truth is, none of us – even the massive producers of our age – know all the aspects of what we’re doing … especially when we’re risking something new and deeply meaningful.

Take a young Steve Jobs. He knew what he wanted, but he didn’t know exactly how to get there. He just took off and adjusted as he went. He pushed and pressed (and, yes, took some left turns at Albuquerque), but he got back on track and kept moving on.

He didn’t have a success blueprint before starting. But he did have something that made the difference: the willingness to construct the blue print as he went, as his vision and the conditions changed, and as his own definitions of success morphed.

His path was fluid (despite a sometimes rigid personality), and had to be to work. Because you literally cannot know everything from the starting gate.

Some things can only be known and adjusted for once you’re in motion.

And if you cling to the condition of knowing things from every angle to predict safe outcomes for all future scenarios … you will never jump off that cliff.

Take it from someone who’s spent a disturbing number of years on cliff tops: that heavy-laden drama just doesn’t work. It’s born out of fear, and fear’s only agenda is to keep you safe. Not help you soar.

Now. Do your homework, of course. Educate yourself, prepare, and make a good, solid plan. But then? It’s time to act.

You can’t manifest change until you become willing to walk face to face into the unknown and just do whatever is necessary & appropriate with whatever comes.

That’s it. That’s the big wisdom.

Once you’re willing to do this and live that way over and over with everything that matters, you’ll start to shift … from someone who lives large in the safe recesses of her mind to someone who lives with dynamic relevance in the real world.

Some Catalyst Questions to journal or ponder …

In what ways have you let the ever-present unknown derail things that were important to you? How could you have responded differently? Why does it matter?

What are some small steps you could take toward a cherished dream? Give those a solid place in your heart and your to-do list. Practice by working through them and taking the next steps. Build your acceptance muscles while being kind and compassionate toward yourself.

The goal is not to silence fear’s concerns, but to listen and then proceed anyway. If you do, you’ll find that things weren’t as scary as you thought. And that realization is worth its weight in gold.

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