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April 29, 2010 / Brent Sears

The First Gap >> Planning

When you have too many choices, it can actually be worse than not having enough.  It can be more paralyzing because when you can go in any direction it can seem impossible to pick one.  This is what is called the abyss of choice.

Because of the abyss it is easy to keep the dream safely in your head.  You don’t have to act, don’t have to put yourself out there, don’t have to announce to the world that you have made a choice.  It just feels safe.  The problem is that nothing gets done.  (I am writing to myself on this one.)  It is when you make that decision to start to formulate how you will achieve your goal that the world starts to align.  You start to see opportunities that were not there before; well, they were but you just didn’t notice them.

There is a fundamental shift from looking at what to do, to asking yourself how you can do it.  You still may not have produced anything tangible, but you are on your way there, or not.  Some ideas are stupid, but that’s great!!!  It means you are thinking about things you want to change.

And alas, some plans just fall through for one reason or another.  That is the risk.  So you planned a nice picnic for Saturday and it poured.  That is when you learn to adjust, make due, and go in a different direction.  Will you still make the sandwiches or postpone it for another day?

When making a plan it helps to have other opinions, if they are people who are worth listening to.  Make sure you surround yourself with people who will build you up and not bring you down.  Tell one person you trust about what you are thinking about doing and see what they say.  It will help you move toward the actions that will lead to adventure.

Update on things to do: 1). called PT for an appointment at the end of the week  2). was in the pool for 30 minutes and will go tomorrow  3). I posted again.  Only 29 more days left to go, but if I do all these things I should be skydiving and racing triathlons by the end of the summer.  Not to mention enjoying my time in Australia.  Little things that will make the adventures more fun.  How’d you do?

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