March 8, 2022

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

The Coach’s Notes #33

Do you know, even with a map, you can still get lost. 

Even after 20 years in the game, I still have moments of doubt and feel the cold hand of despair squeezing my heart.

Fortunately, I’m prepared for these moments.

You see, I hold this mindset, this belief, this confidence that I know what to do when I don’t know what to do.

I love the concept: of knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.

And it all stems from having a compelling vision, something that inspires me, that motivates me, that demands of me to keep going even when I’m unsure of where I’m at.

A compelling vision helps you re-orient.

I’m laughing to myself right now because I just remembered as a young infantry lieutenant the worse thing you could do out in the field was be lost. So we would say, I’m not lost; I just don’t know where I am. 

I liken a compelling vision to magnetic north.

When you take out a compass, regardless of where you are, the needle will always point north. You can use this, along with your map, to reorient yourself and get back on track. 

A compelling vision helps keep you on track. When you don’t know what to do, revisit your vision, remind yourself of why you do what you do and what is that you want to bring into the world.

Let your vision be your magnetic north, and you’ll know what you need to do next to get back on track.

Which reminds me, it’s so easy to get caught up in the day to grind and lose sight of the big picture. Therefore, a good habit to get into is periodical, every other day or two, to revisit your vision, check your map (plan), and make sure you’re still on track. Feel that magnetic pull toward your ultimate goal: seeing your vision brought to fruition.

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