Too much planning can actually be a bad thing. Because when things don’t go the way we expect them to go…..we get upset. And give up.
And so there’s a tricky balance between setting big goals, reverse engineering our success, plotting the road to our biggest dreams……and letting life unfold, simply by trusting the process.
So where is the sweet spot? And how do we get there?
For me, I like to have a clear picture of where I’m headed. A vision board. A daily journalling practice that includes making a list of “Things I Will Make Happen.” But rather than obsess over the million-and-one steps that it may take to get there, I try to focus on the step I am currently taking. Today. And doing it well.
Which is haaaaarrrrrrd.
Because, damn, I love a good blueprint. And I hate being blindsided. As do most human beings. Except when we’re watching Survivor. THEN we’re on the edge of our seats, fist deep in popcorn, relishing in the drama of someone who doesn’t see it coming. Because, well, it ain’t happening to us.
But guys, trusting the process is not simply an excuse to sit back, be lazy, and let Jesus Take the Wheel (thank you, Carrie Underwood). For me, trusting the process looks like this:
Trust = Action + Surrender
It’s about walking forward. But detaching yourself from the outcome.
It’s about creating movement. But succumbing to the path that you may end up on.
It’s about hustle. And flow. Although I’ve never seen the movie. But it sounds right.
Excellence is a matter of steps. Excel at this one. Then the next one. Then the next.