Do not allow the 15th step stop you from doing what's next. It's a simple lesson that I constantly need to remind myself of.
If you are not involved in a project the lesson from Lao-tzu is simple, "just start" which for a lot of us is easy because entrepreneurs and entertainers are by nature "starters."
The challenge becomes in the middle of the project or journey when you know just enough information to confuse you. You begin to self-doubt and limit your options based on information. Fear shows up because the reality is that you don't know clearly what is going to happen.
Questions and Fears may appear...
- But I don't have a business plan?
- I need a logo?
- Where am I going to get the 2 million to do that?
- I need this computer?
- I need that application?
- I need this training?
In addition because you are in the middle of the journey you most likely will have made some mistakes. Which may cause even more confusion.
Another part of the inferential lesson from Lao-tzu is that...
Another challenge is not understanding the steps that are being taken and in deciding that the benefits of said step are not apparent will stop doing the next step.
While you in your own mind may justify this. Simply apply this model to LEARNING TO WALK. If you stopped because you felt uncomfortable then you would be crawling right now and not walking. Apply this to any learned skill that we so easily take for granted and it starts to make perfect sense.
As an entreprneur, entertainer, self-motivated individual, human. We thrive on learning and mastering new skill sets, improving on our current skill sets. We are driven to be better. Whenever it doesn't make sense just think to yourself "Well, I learned to walk." "I learned to write." "I learned to read." "I learned to juggle."
Yet even with that specifc mindset in place. We often stop what we are doing because we don't have a simple tool that we dont even need yet.
One of keys of my training from IBI and B J Dohrmann was the simple mantra,"What's Next?" Continually asking yourself this question and then doing a specific task will help propel you in the right direction. Once you start moving in the right direction it's also a good idea to have a team or consultant make sure your doing the most efficent task at the correct time.
LESSON FROM THE JUGGLER: Make a list of the top 10 tasks that you have to do right now. Then organize them based on what is most important. Then organize them based on what you can actually do right now. Say aloud to yourself or have someone ask you, "What's Next?" THEN DO IT.