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May 29, 2018 0 comments

Lost?
As we near the halfway point of this year, for many, we start to experience the drop-off point where folks separate into two camps:

(A)  Those who are flying high and achieving their 2018 goals at an inhumanly impossible pace, or

(B) those who are going through the motions and just existing.

That feeling of being lost is more than lacking direction, it is typically a misdirection of time, resources, and energy.

So this week, we’re exploring how to recalibrate and survive the land of the lost.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution.  Just like there are innumerable ways to get lost at Disney World, let alone in the Magic Kingdom park, the same holds true in our professional lives.  But, here are few alliterative thoughts that might kick-start your exit strategy.

Patience, Padawan.
Don’t panic. Every 90s slasher film demonstrates the value of this lesson. Just breath. Finding the right direction is an exercise in developing a healthy relationship with time. In this fast-paced age of instant gratification, we want answers now, not later. If that’s your objective, run with the first thought or idea that comes to mind. But, if you want to make rest of 2018 count, try taking a break. There’s research to support the notion that a sabbatical (or even a vacation) can provide the necessary mental reset to increase productivity and creativity.

It’s All A Matter of Perspective
Remember the 80s movie Labyrinth.  There’s no Goblin King chasing you down, but when we’re in the midst of a maze, it’s hard to see the best way out.  Enlist the help of others, ideally folks you trust. Your personal board of directors will come I handy on this one. And likely, will be a necessary mirror offering a different vantage point.  When you change the way you see things, the things you see will begin to change.

Plan Your Passion
Finally, if your heart is not in it, most of the above tactics will fall short. But, as Terri Trespicio’s TED Talk cautions,  “passion is not a plan, it’s a feeling.”  The reality is that you might not find passion in every aspect or season of life. Confusing success with passion is a recipe for disappointment.   Instead, why not start with a plan? In such circumstances, grammar school math models never fail: focus + commitment = success.

Cheers,

Venture Cafe Miami

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