Why is it that we expect the “here and now,” but struggle so bad when that doesn’t come to fruition? I am really considering the conviction of our technology capabilities. Think about it, there is an app for everything in your life; drivers, food, file transfers, live stories, and so much more! We have become a society that is adept to having everything at the tips of our fingers, literally! But when we require human work to be done behind a task, the measure of time is considerably longer than any technology can offer. People have lives to live, families to tend to, lists to complete! We tend to forget that humans are simply that, human. Circumstances exist that are beyond our control sometimes and this is where the desire for “here and now” turns into a state of frustration. Why isn’t there an app to fix my child’s sudden outbreak of strep throat!
This had me thinking, is the desire for “here and now” harmful or helpful in my personal and business life? The notion is a double-edged sword! Like you, I would be inclined to say there is no way I could live without my phone; heck, it’s more than just a phone. But this small device has drilled an addiction to immediate satisfaction into my poor #girlboss soul, all the way down to the core of “I want success now but without the lengthy, ugly hard work in between!” Is that a bad thing though, really? Wanting success, that’s a good thing! Of course it is, if we didn’t want to reach new heights of success, we wouldn’t give ourselves the space to dream and set goals. “Here and now,” walks a fine line and can, truly, make or break you. So let’s figure out how to tame the here and now beats, let’s manipulate it and make it work for us!
So, how do we use “here and now” to our advantage? Well, we can either allow it to overwhelm us in which case we would probably look like that hamster on a wheel going no where but exhausted or we can take the adrenaline it fires up and get a little old school with it! Yep, pencil to the paper kind of old school! (Ok, you don’t have to be old school like me but you get the gist of what I’m saying.) Take that adrenaline and start setting some real, attainable goals. You should have long-term AND short-term goals written in a place that you can see daily. Start with your BIG goal at the very center of your sheet and get old school with it by creating a “cluster” of ideas and goals around it. Remember learning clusters in elementary? Circle that baby and start writing lines to other goals. Circle those smaller goals and continue the process until you have a beautiful mess of good goals! Now evaluate, what can you tackle here and now? Start with those! Check out my example here. In 2018, I want to own “Dear Gray Publishing,” which will house Dear Gray Magazine and Embrace Magazine (our two current and running publications) plus two other publications. One publication is in the works and the other, I haven’t even decided yet but I have a vision for it. Being able to “see” the bigger picture will help me to define the main goal and also the smaller (and even smaller) goals to get there.
I’d love to see your cluster or hear what systems work best for you. Drop me a comment below or send me an email! Let’s brainstorm together.