- Someday Lesson: You don’t set course on your dream once and then forget about it. It requires vigilance to stay on track.
I haven’t been happy recently and that’s been bothering me. After all, how can I help you find happiness if I’ve lost my own? In a post on the blog last week, I asked my Lab Rats six questions. I decided that since I haven’t been as happy as I could be, I would answer the questions myself.
- What are you not doing even though you feel you should want it?
- Where do you claim to want something but then let fear stop you?
- What aren’t you tackling because it’s too much work?
- Are you actively engaged or on autopilot?
- How many projects do you have on the go at any one time? How good are you at prioritizing them?
- Where are you choosing safe over happy?
If you’ve ever read the About page on Someday Syndrome or read either of my ebooks, you will have learned a bit about my life before coming to Spain. Ever since I was 12 years old I have wanted to write and yet for years I avoided this dream, taking detours in many different directions.
In 2006, I decided to stop taking detours and get on with writing. But then I got started with Someday Syndrome and it excited me. I loved the idea of it and I loved the idea of helping people and earning a living doing so.
However, as the work behind the business began to increase, it took more and more of my energy and focus away from my fiction writing.
Starting a small business is time consuming – hugely so. I’ve recently increased my fiction writing to 3 hours a day at least 4 days a week. That, plus my part time teaching, did not leave much time to focus on the small business while still having a balanced life.
When I stepped back to look at my life objectively I realized that if I was to prioritize the things I do the order came out: writing, Raúl, teaching English, Someday Syndrome. And when things aren’t going well, it’s usually the fault of whatever’s on the bottom of the list.
Someday Syndrome is insidious – it’s no good to chart your course and then let the boat pilot itself. Crossing the Someday Sea requires vigilance and regular course changes.
For me, scaling back the business is one of those course changes. I’m on the verge of letting it become yet another detour away from my writing dreams and I refuse to let that happen again.
So what does this mean for you?
Newsletter subscribers will still receive the semi-monthly Someday News, but the blog will go more or less inactive and instead of offering a full range of services, I will provide a limited number of Skype-based sessions (and email support) each month as well as the popular ebooks.
If you really want a Someday fix in between newsletters you will also be able find me on the following blogs each month:
- Sharing Travel Experiences as the Lifestyle Design expert
- Location Independent as a coach in their Ask the Expert series
- The Bridgemaker as one of the monthly contributors
- Plus a variety of other blogs, which I’ll update you on each month.
And now for you – what course changes do you need to make to get yourself back on track? What answers do you have to the six questions above?