It’s been six months since my last post. That can make it difficult to focus in on what to write next.
It’s quite a long time in the Land of Bloggingham.
My last post caused me to stop and recalibrate the direction of this blog, my coaching business, and my entrepreneurial life.
I’m an abstract thinker in a concrete world. I can easily find my pursuits drifting out to sea to the point where I look up to see no land in sight. I then have to get my bearings, turn and motor back home, and usually, scratch my head to recall what it is I really do for a living.
It is one of the treacheries of entrepreneurial life – captured well by this sobering piece of ancient wisdom.
“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.”*
Most entrepreneurs can attest to be working the land one day, then realizing the next that they may well be following a worthless pursuit.
Since I throw all of my pursuits into the entrepreneurial basket, I’ve come to hate this question – what are you doing these days?
Yet there is one answer that may make sense to no one else but me and serves to anchor my work and life, whenever I realize I may be drifting toward a worthless pursuit.
Doing What Needs to Be Done Next
The best answer I can give you is simply that I do what needs to be done next.
Day in and day out. Hour by hour. Sometimes moment by moment. In all areas of business, work and life.
It simplifies things for me. Keeps me focused even when so many things remain out of focus.
Over the past several years it has kept some dreams alive while helping me grieve the loss of others. It has helped me love others well when I didn’t feel much love at all. It has also helped transform my interior world in many wonderful ways.
Doing what needs to be done next. No more. No less.
It’s a concrete way to move through an abstract world – keeping me afloat without going adrift – and balancing my dreaming with my doing.
And how about you? What are you doing these days?
* Proverbs 28:19