Hello SOTGC community,
One of the best lessons I have learned on this road to becoming an entrepreneur, is that NOTHING can be forced. However, if you allow yourself to “be like water” (as Jet Li would say) and adjust and alter the path you’re on as circumstances and variables change, the Universe will send you what you need, at the time you need it. All you have to do is watch for the gifts and grab them as they come to you.
What I’m finding on this adventure into entrepreneurism, is that you have to have a clear vision…but you must flow as situations present themselves and adjust to the circumstances at hand. There are days when energy and ideas will flow from you like Niagara falls after an extremely wet winter and it’s all you can do to jot them down on napkins or shoot yourself texts to remember them. Then there are days when you have picked a path to follow and part way down, someone has turned off all the lights, blocked out the sun, and re arranged the obstacles so that what you planned for before has now been altered and you are bumping, tripping, and stubbing your toe with every step.
This is how it was for me when I started taking Kung Fu years ago. When I would try and force a technique or form that wasn’t coming to me, my stances sucked, my shoulders would rise up, and I’d be so tense I’d probably end up with strained muscles afterwards. But when I relaxed, when I let my body feel the movement and guide my mind into what it needed to do next (especially for sparring or grappling) then it seemed the techniques would take care of themselves.
So as I have continued down this path to becoming an entrepreneur, I try and keep this mindset each time I feel that I’m trying to force something to happen…and it’s not. Each time I get to that point where my entrepreneurial “stances suck,” when the “technique isn’t flowing and my movements are jarred and tense,” I back off completely. I wait until I can approach the situation with an open and clear mind and let my instincts guide my actions. I look at the goal I set and WHAT variables existed at that time, and then I look at WHERE I am now and what new variables have been added that I must adjust to (as water adjusts to the obstacles that get put in its’ place).
I will leave you with this. In the book Renegade Thoughts by Matthew Goldfarb, he says “Don’t fall in love with an idea so much, that you aren’t willing to change it.” Though his book is for copywriting…it has the same principle as Jet Li’s “Be Like Water” mantra. Adjust as people give you advice, adjust as new paths open themselves to you, flow around the obstacles instead of trying to go through them, be like water, and be willing to switch routes to get to the goal at the end.