I once said, “as an entrepreneur, you never know everything” and I’m about to be smacked in the face with that thought multiple times over.
Because next week, I’m off to Portland for the annual World Domination Summit.
It’s a gathering of wonderful people who are seeking to live a remarkable life in a conventional world. Sounds inspiring, right?
I’m not going to lie or be modest, it is! Totally mind-blowing!
Each year I leave with a heart full of gratitude and dozens of insights and ideas for my business and life. New goals to go after, ways to live differently, plus connections to original thinkers already doing it.
And then, I get stuck.
The ideas that come to me at WDS are B.I.G. and exciting and completely overwhelming.
I feel like I don’t know what I don’t know. And I like to know everything.
Instead of freezing into inaction, I ask myself these five questions:
- What do I already know about this activity, action or goal?
- What do I need to know that I don’t yet know?
- How can I obtain that knowledge?
- Do I know someone who can help me or is an expert on the topic?
- When do I want to accomplish this activity by?
My responses to these simple questions form the very early steps of a project plan.
From here, I can decide to pursue the project, put it in the parking lot for a later date, or drop it altogether.
My not-so-secret-tip: I write my responses on good old-fashioned paper. Seeing my vision fleshed out in actual words and sketches frees up the mind clutter and swirly thoughts.
Next time you’re in a situation where you feel overwhelmed by just starting and aren’t even sure if you should go down that path, ask yourself the five questions above to get clear.
Then, report back below with what you found.
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