The Zen of Search
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The Zen of Search
the Image Freedom blog
This May I hired an assistant. Business had been improving and I knew that one of my biggest weaknesses was my Attention Deficit Disordered self. Being easily distractible is fantastic when you’re in the creative space, where I spend probably half my day, but when it comes time to returning e-mails, remembering appointments and getting things done, the mind of an ADD child suffers dramatically.
So I now have an assistant, and her name is Sarah, and she completes me in no understated way. Sarah is detail oriented, organized and difficult to distract. She is often my nemesis, and I’ll do my part to derail her plans to keep me on task. I once contemplated giving her Pink Eye so her absent self would be unable to remind me that I should be doing work. I mean, contemplated, really, I wouldn’t honestly infect one of my employees with a contagious disease. Honest!
So today Sarah and I were working on Excel and updating the budget for the company, and for myself. We discussed various aspects of the business, who we needed to contact, who to update, who to assign this or that to, etc. Sarah pointed at my Twitter client and said, “Why not just Direct Message her now?” We needed to write some checks, for both personal and business things, “Why not just write the checks now?”
So we did. Both. Right then.
We got to talking about a book I had been given called “The Power of Now” and it’s a book I always thought I should read but never did, so you’ll have to tell me if it correlates at all to what I’m talking about here, but essentially, those things “I should really do” are much more easily done if you just… you know, do them. RIGHT NOW.
I needed to e-mail a client. Do it now. I needed to update my spreadsheets. Just do it! I was behind on my blog. Now is as good a time as any right?
Now is truly a powerful thing, and when we sat down, and we identified tasks and as soon as we gave it a name, gave it a purpose, we just accomplished it. Didn’t create an action item, a calendar entry, or a separate spreadsheet, nope. We just opened whatever it was, completed the thing, and just like that it’s done!
What are you putting off? What are you planning to do that planning for, making a list for, or thinking about doing, is taking more time than it’d take to just freaking do it!? Join me in a culture of now! You’ll be glad you did!
There’s something about a sunset. A sunset slows you down.
My friend Michelle Poteet (Chief Executive Organizer at Reclaim Order) often repeats something Pattie Porter taught us about fear. Pattie asked us once, during one panic or another, exactly what the worst thing that could happen was.
Wait… you mean this isn’t the end of the world? Truly?
Michelle reminds me of this, I remind her of this, and I guess that’s what accountability partners are for right? Sometimes we forget that the sun will rise tomorrow, just like it did today.
Spending an evening on the Seal Beach Pier the other day, I watched the sun set. There’s something about that moment in time that reaches in and lifts you out of your life for a moment, reminds you that this is all temporary, that nothing is permanent
A sunset resets us. No matter how bad today was, tomorrow is a new day, and it’s up to us to make it better.
April of 2009 I was a fresh face in San Antonio, recently divorced, escaping the collapsing California economy, on my own for the first time in my life. There were plenty of bad days, plenty of lonely days, but the sun always rose the next day.
We all make the wrong choice sometimes. I think what will eventually define us is how many times we decided to do the right thing, I’ll tell you, speaking from very recent experience that it only takes the tiniest action to turn things around.
So you lost a client. So that proposal wasn’t picked up. So that pretty girl never called. Life goes on and I promise you the sun will rise tomorrow.
Will you sleep in, hit snooze, let today be as bad as yesterday, or will you rise and greet this brand new day?
Reminds me of a blog I read years ago at Zen Habits, I recommend you read it too. The most successful people are those who always take action, any action, even the wrong action, rather than choose to do nothing. That idea comes from the same place, we can choose to be stagnant or we can choose to be aggressive.
Even if we fail, the sun will always rise tomorrow and we can try again until we find our moment to succeed.
Have you found your moment?