In a post today Michael Hyatt addresses the problem we all deal with at times, “What to do when we don’t know what to do.”
Early in his career while stuck and not knowing what to do next a mentor gave him some wise counsel he has used many time since then.
He said, “Just do the next right thing. You are overthinking it. Just do the next right thing and it will be OK.”
That simple concept simultaneously gave me relief and clarity. I have used it time and time again in moments when I have felt overwhelmed and uncertain.
Here are the three steps I take.
- Forget about the ultimate outcome. The truth is that I probably have less control over the outcome than I think. I can undoubtedly influence it, but I can’t control it. Besides, before I ever get to the final destination, many of the variables will change. Projects and deals have a way of unfolding over time. There will be problems—and resources—I can’t see now.
- Instead, focus on the next right action. Since worrying about the outcome is unproductive, I try to think about the next actions that will move the project forward. This is far more accessible that something in the distant future. For example, as an author, I can worry about whether or not my book will become a bestseller or I can make sure that I am fully prepped for the interview I have scheduled today.
- And do something now! This is key. Something is better than nothing. Too often, we think that we have to have clarity about how it will all turn out. In my experience, I rarely have this. But, as I move toward the destination, making course corrections as necessary, I experience clarity. Therefore, it is important to get off the sidelines and into the game.
So if you are in a situation where you feel overwhelmed and don’t know what course to take, just do the next right thing.
See the rest of the article here…. “What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do”