I had a session with a client this morning and she was just exploding with excitement as she was faced with so many different opportunities and was getting pulled in many directions as a result of that. It’s a great problem to have in a way, and yet can also be daunting and confusing if we are not clear on what it is that is aligned with our purpose or something that is meaningful. We may uncover a hidden talent, new opportunity to start your own business or a new role or promotion and so on. Some might seem to be very different from what you are currently doing. And yet seems exciting. So what are you going to do?
What can you do to help you focus and decide?
- Go back to what you want to achieve or accomplish or purpose. Does the opportunity align with what you want to do? Does it extend what you are currently doing? Does it help you to learn a skill that will help you in achieving your goals?
- Time vs. Impact. How much time will it take from you? Will it impact what you are currently doing? How does it impact what I am currently doing? What are the trade-offs that I need to make if I were to take it on? What is the impact if I did not take it on? What is the impact if I did take it on?
- Talk to your “advisers”. I am sure that you will have a group of people that you would consider as your trusted advisers. Get advise or just talk it out with someone. It is always beneficial to express your thoughts or emotions and in most cases you will achieve clarity. When we hear our thoughts out loud, it helps to bring a certain amount of awareness. This can help you with clarity and choices or next steps to be taken.
- Decide and move forward. Make that decision and move forward. Don’t let a decision “hang” around as it will just cause further confusion later on. Letting go and moving forward with the decision is an important step. If you have decided to take on the opportunity then take it on. If you have decided to not do it, then let it go and focus on what you have and see what other opportunities will present itself later on.
Confusion will only drain your energy while focus will increase your energy and excitement level which will lead to impact.