Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Plan: Stop Planning

Any time we embark on a new adventure we hear the words, "What's your plan? You gotta have a plan." Or do you? Shocking, isn't it, to think that maybe you don't have to have a schematic outline for every step you're about to take in your newest endeavors? Blasphemy to some, I know.

What I'm suggesting is that you have an idea. Yep, that's it. I know you have one, we all do. Shift your focus to that idea and imagine its most grand outcome, your dreams come true. Explore how that will feel, how your spirit will soar. Imagine what you will wear and the words that will flow effortlessly as you speak. Hold the vision of yourself as a brilliant being as you live out a portion of your life's path and purpose. Do you feel alive? Are you excited to begin? Then let's.

Find one thing you can do today, or within the next week, that might be one small step towards the dream you just envisioned. A step is all you need to have in mind, not the entire path. When we focus all our energies on devising the perfect plan we often remain impotent, frustration and anxiety taking the wheel because we don't have all the answers as to how we can bring our imaginings to fruition.

The truth is, there's no way we can foresee the entire path that lay before us as we pursue a goal or dream, but that's what most individuals attempt to create. Why? Because we feel safer in the known as compared to the perceived, scary unknown. We are fooling ourselves. As I stated just a few sentences back, there's no way we can know everything that is about to transpire so most things are unknown to us; it's just a mental game we play with ourselves in order to feel less vulnerable and safer.

That first step, and every one thereafter, can be as tiny as you want or need them to be. The key is action, even in its most imperceptible form. Momentum will begin to build as we bravely take one step and then another, it can be no other way. The universe will respond as it willing does our bidding for us, wanting nothing more than that which we seek for ourselves.

You may not even believe you 'can do it'. The goal initially isn't to challenge those belief systems that keep you immobile, but to act despite them. Allow creativity to blossom as at first you perhaps try this and then that. Either will lead you to a new place of being, and it is there that you can now make a new and more informed decision as to the next move. The next move will take you to the next move...you get it. See, no plan. Just a willingness to move forward.

Take a moment or two to examine the steps you've taken thus far, pondering how each one played out. What did you learn or realize that was not in you awareness prior to that step? If you're learning and growing from your actions, then you will be guided by clearer intentions on how next to proceed. That is called progress. Progress need not be a grand fireworks display, perhaps you're simply waving about sparklers most days.

I leave you with the wise words from a children's Christmas television show, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. The song may be familiar to many, Put One Foot in Front of the Other. I invite you to watch the video on YouTube for some child-like inspiration. Go ahead, be crazy; that just might be Step #1. Below I've listed a portion of the lyrics that say so simply what it is I've been sharing with you.

"Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you'll be walking out the door."

-Jules Bass

Get to steppin'.....

Be well and happy.

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