When You Don’t Know What To Do

Life can feel overwhelming.  It is easy to feel disoriented and not know what to do.  Today, is faster than ever.  We have inputs coming at us from all sides and while technology has been a revolution, our capacities as humans have always been limited by what we can focus on.

I can understand when we are pushing and fighting for the things we want in life that we can become discouraged.  Unmet expectations have a way of hitting us in the gut.  But, if we are going after anything worthwhile, then we need to be able to know what to do when we don’t know what to do.  Let me offer the following options to focus on from my own experiences:

  • Write and publish.  The work is never done when it comes to publishing your content.  Content is what positions you and your brand.  It is also leadership as you share your thoughts.  When you don’t know what to do, simply sit down and create content on your corporate blog, personal site or ebook, white papers and reports.  These are information assets for your business that will continue to persist and grow value in your business.
  • Read and grow.  Reading is never a waste of time.  New strategies and ideas emerge when your mind is able to engage great thinkers and authors.  We don’t know it all.  We need focused advice and commentary.  Reading biographies of great men and women creates perspective and helps us see life and its challenges through a new lens.  You are building your most important asset when you read – yourself.
  • Show gratitude.  Self-orientation can blind us from great opportunities.  You can move the ball forward in your own life and business when you help others get what they want.  There are people that have helped you to achieve what you have.  Thank them in a meaningful and personal way.  Connect with gifts, words and encouragement that show your appreciation.
  • Exercise your body.  Your productivity and attitude are vital as a knowledge worker.  Go for a run, walk or workout that helps you push yourself and get fit.  It frees your mind to move to the subconscious and free up from your stress.  Detaching from your problems helps to clarify your judgment and next steps.  If you are healthy, you can execute at a high level with clarity and precision.  Take advantage of ambiguous times by caring for your body and letting your mind work freely.

It’s a fast-moving world we live in.  Don’t let it discourage you when you feel overwhelmed or disoriented.  Use these actions as anchors to your ongoing work.  You will be moving the ball forward and your time will not be wasted.

What do you think?  Feel free to comment.

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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