Every once in a while, you end up in territory you’ve never been before doing something you’ve never done before and you’re completely lost.
You literally have no idea what to do…
It can be paralyzing.
You’re not quite sure what to do, because you simply don’t know what to do…
What do you do in that situation?
To phrase it another way: What do you do when you don’t know to do?
What do you do?
To be honest, I’m not quite sure, but here are a few ideas that might help…
Don’t freak out.
Take your time – if you need it – but don’t freak out.
Slow down. Breathe.
Even if your insides want to scream and you don’t know how you’re going to breathe, wake up or keep moving…slow down.
Relax and try to breathe…
Find something positive…
It can be anything…literally anything…
The fact that you’re able to read.
Talk To People Smarter Than You
If they’re around, talk to people smarter than you, people who’ve been there before…
Ask them questions. Listen to them. Learn from them.
Look At What You’ve Learned So Far
Random notes, a journal or a blog work well for this.
It doesn’t really matter, but remind yourself of what you’ve learned so far…
You’re in a new place, a new situation, but you’re not starting from scratch.
Look back at what you’ve learned and put it to use.
Most lessons aren’t single-use-only.
Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
Better get used to it.
Sheer persistance & resiliency often trump tactics, knowledge and strategy – especially when you’re thrown into a new situation and all 3 of those get thrown out the window.
Be persistent and disciplined. Create a plan of habits and stick to it.
Not some fru-fru wishy/washy “secret” faith that some how convinces you that if you think or focus on something long enough, it will magically happen for you. It won’t.
But faith that some action is better than no action, that being uncomfortable is better than never being tested at all and that most things work together for good.
Real faith requires action…which requires you to be…
You’re probably scared.
Most people are.
Being in uncharted territory is scary.
It really all comes down to this.
Be courageous and take action and…
Take A Step Forward
Don’t be paralyzed.
Do whatever you need to do in order to take a step forward.
It doesn’t really matter what, but take action.
If you can’t fly, then run.
If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do, keep moving.
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Take a step and keeping going…
(Even if you’re not quite sure what to do).
Yesterday was a big day of celebration here in the states. If anyone knew something about doing the impossible and perseverance, it was MLK. Feel free to download the poster of his words below (right click and choose ‘save as’) and pass it along.