Something that has become more and more apparent over the years is how little influence my plans have on what actually happens.
I still have a direction for where I want my business to go, but I’m not rigid about it.
You could say that I have more of a general direction rather than a step-by-step plan.
I also have the benefit of not needing to be rigid because I don’t need to aggressively grow my business, because I’ve minimized my expenses.
Whenever I want to grow my business, I ask myself the magic question: Why?
Is it because I want to help more people? Why do I want to help more people? Is it because I want approval?
In the end, it comes down to approval, security, and control. When I let go of the need to try to get any of those through external means, I immediately feel my shoulders drop and find myself taking a deep breath.
I realize that I don’t have to exhaust myself
Life will nudge me to grow anyway. I don’t have to force anything.
I know this goes against conventional advice. But then again, most business people are burned out and unhappy.
Sure, they may have money and success, but money and success do not bring long-lasting happiness.
Happiness comes from within. We don’t experience the world directly. We experience it through our thinking. That means a rich person can be depressed, and a poor person can be at peace.
If I have a plan, it’s to follow what fascinates and interests me. I follow the breadcrumbs of enjoyment, excitement, and passion. My business plan takes second-place to following the breadcrumbs of life.
Serendipity and synchronicity
As I’ve grown Wake Up Cloud, it’s been more about serendipity and synchronicity than anything else.
When a new idea comes along, I’ll either follow it or not based on how magnetic it feels.
For example, during the summer of 2013, I suddenly got inspired to get into Kindle books (check out my books here). Writing books hit all my marks.
I didn’t have a plan written out about writing Kindle books. I did it because I felt drawn to it. When I thought about writing Kindle books, I felt excitement, joy, fascination, and a magnetic pull.
It wasn’t always strong. Sometimes it was subtle, like a gentle gust of wind moving me in one direction.
Another example is YouTube. When I began recording more videos on my YouTube channel, I did it because it felt alive.
So I don’t really plan anything in my life
I have a direction, and sometimes I even have goals, but I never take either too seriously, because I know life will lead the way.
Life will nudge me in certain directions, and my inner GPS will tell me when I’m on the right path by the amount of excitement and interest I feel.
I used to worry about whether or not I was on the right path, or doing things the right way. I still experience worry, but I don’t take those thoughts so seriously.
Instead, I listen to my inner GPS, to the subtle nudges I get. I listen for a peaceful feeling, you could say.
Life may work out, or it may not. I may freak out in the process, but ultimately, it’s all going on in my head.
We feel our thinking, and if we relax, that thinking changes. You don’t have to control your thoughts, because in a moment new thoughts will emerge.
You see, you don’t have to fix your thinking.
You don’t have to fix yourself
Deep down, you are already happy and fulfilled. What’s obscuring your innate nature is your thinking that you need to do something about it.
When you want to do work you love, and when you want to follow your passion, it starts with becoming quiet and letting your inner wisdom guide you.
It may not be easy, but you’ll get better at it.
There’s no rush.
There’s nowhere you need to be except right here, right now.
It’s thinking that you should be somewhere else that makes you miserable.
All the best,
P.S. If you’d like to dive deeper into this topic, I invite you to check out my book Follow Your Heart: 21 Days to a Happier, More Fulfilling Life.