Taking the action is more important than knowing where you’re going or what you’re doing. Often times I’ve found that it was actually taking SOME action – ANY action that gave rise to the ideas that helped shape my plan for what I wanted to do. In fact I think it is almost better not to know or not to think I know exactly what I want my life to look like. Only in a general way. This way I can just take the next action that seems to be in front of me and see where that takes me. My own direct experience is that this approach makes life a little more exciting. Not only that but I’ve read and I believe that there are people who at 40 still have no idea what they want and yet they are much more interesting than people who have known and done exactly what they want since the age of 20. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with knowing what you want and going after it. If you truly know what will make you happy then go for it!
I like to open myself up to the idea that anything is possible which means I may in fact have no idea what will happen next. Things that have happened to me that I thought were going to be devastating turned out to be the very thing I needed that launched me into something very successful – the next phase (if you will) of something I was working on.
You know those times when you do something that you think was so bone headed that you can’t believe it? Just believe it. Then believe that this was exactly what was supposed to happen and improvise. Make it up as you go! This is exactly how I am learning to get over it when I am angry about something. I can accept that there is a reason this is happening and that my job now is to improvise. I adapt, I overcome – to take a quote from Clint Eastwood
So make it up as you go. When life throws you a curve ball, roll with it. Take a swing in a direction you had never thought of before and just see what happens. See what ideas you get.