Set Yourself Straight

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An interview with a creative mind…

Sandra had officially been an entrepreneur for going on ten years when one of our journalists, Tara, had the happenstance of sharing a table in a quaint small-town coffee shop with her. Small talk briefly turned into a deep discussion about entrepreneurship and the phenomenon we here at Project Wise Words like to call ‘spinning’.

Photo Credit: Josefa Ndiaz

It was one of those spinning days for Sandra, and Tara was spinning out too.

Sandra explained to Tara that, “as an entrepreneur, some days you feel laser focused and then some days you feel utterly lost, as if you’re floating up in space amidst all of these creative ideas, business strategies, to-do lists, and also just straight up thoughts (motivating and self-defeating thoughts).”

She scribbled in a circle on her drawing pad to demonstrate that spinning feeling.

“Some months it happens more often than not and you begin to go off on a tangent of questions… What is it that you’re doing? Where are you trying to take your business (and your life)? What is that next step going to be?”

photo credit: Dmitry Ratushny

Sandra agitatedly talked to Tara about how she has hundreds of creative ideas floating around her brain, and on a day when she feels like she is spinning she tries to pick out the idea that pops out the most to her?

And the truth is that this phenomenon of spinning, it can happen to anyone. Not just entrepreneurs. We’ve all experienced that feeling when our brains are flooded with hundreds of ideas about life, relationships, career, travel… the list is endless.

Sandra asked Tara, “How do you know which idea will be most successful? You don’t! And the questions will continue on. When this tangent begins to happen, we must STOP, just for a minute, and ground ourselves.”

“You have to set yourself straight because this is usually a sign that you are on the brink of creating something profound. It’s a sign that you’re about to begin a new chapter in your life. This feeling can happen to anyone, not just entrepreneurs.”

After chatting over coffee for about 20 minutes Sandra had to leave for an appointment, but before she left she gave Tara some guidance on how to “set yourself straight”. Sandra explained that she uses a list of questions to guide her through to that next phase… the questions she tends to go to most often are focused on envisioning:

  1. What is that first image that pops into your head when you envision what your life’s work will be? What your life’s work will produce?
  2. What is the first image that pops into your head when you envision what type of legacy you want to leave behind?
  3. Which idea will bring you closer to fulfilling your life’s purpose?
  4. Where did you start? How far have you come? And what’s the next step towards making those images into a reality?
  5. Who do you want to model?
  6. What do you want to be involved in, personal or professionally?
  7. What image do you want to sum up your life and what steps do you need to take to achieve that image?

For Tara, the image that she has always envisioned is an image of her embracing a community of people – connecting, motivating, inspiring, educating in any way that she can at that point in time – this is on her vision board – what’s on yours?

Always remember the WHY and the WHERE.
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Photo Credit: Danielle Macinnes

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