Thursday, July 26, 2018

3 of 58 for 58: Prepare, then Relax. The Right Answer Will Come.

I awoke this morning energized yet anxious--a not unfamiliar state of affairs. 

I'm busily engaged in meaningful projects. I'm excited about each of them and look forward to work each day.

On the other hand, I committed to deliver 58 blog posts in 58 days. I've never been that prolific before as far as this blog is concerned. I felt anxious, uptight, and worried. Would I be able to deliver?

Then I had to remind myself that I've been compiling a list of topics on this subject for several months. I've expanded further on some of these in my journal; others I'd been ruminating on without writing about them for days, even weeks.

Today's topic is one of them.

Slowly and steadily, I've been mining the contents of my life story for topics to share with you. I tap into more each day. 

In other words, I've been preparing for the task at hand for some time. I put aside my stress. I fell back on that preparation to fulfill this commitment.

In general, I've learned to prepare. Then relax, in the sense that I'm neither actively nor anxiously working to solve a problem. Then the right answer comes, and I act. 

This approach represents a sea change from how I did things for many years. I once expended a lot of effort and experienced considerable fear, anxiety, and worry.

Sure, today I face deadlines where on the surface I've yet to "prepare." But when I step back I realize that even in very small, almost imperceptible ways, I have been tackling the problem in one form or another. I take a breath. Then I proceed with all due haste and energy to act. 

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