Have you ever been hell bent on figuring something out or getting something important done only to bump into a brick wall?
I went to Maui for a high school friend’s destination wedding and rented a house with several other friends. One morning we all woke up early and walked to a favorite breakfast spot on the ocean, The Gazebo.
A fierce rain downpour and an hour-long line to be seated there dampened the excitement of eating, literally. I was very hungry and wanted a decaf coffee baaad. I began my mission of finding a cup of joe by walking all over the nearby resort. We had walked to the restaurant, so I couldn’t hop in the car and drive to the nearest java hut.
As I got soaked from the black cloud above me, I was amazed that I couldn’t find a gosh darn coffee yet I had manifested an oceanfront multi-million dollar house at half-price for accommodations. @#$&!
I noticed I was getting a wee bit irritated so I put myself on a time-out. I walked under an awning to get out of the rain, and then settled my energy down by breathing deeply. Once relaxed, I walked back over to my friend who was holding our place in line.
Then the darnedest thing happened. I noticed a coffee pot three feet to my right for the people waiting in line. I got excited until I thought that it was probably regular rather than my desired decaffeinated. My friend pointed out that there were actually two pots of coffee sitting there.
Duh! How could I have been so blind?
I was so wrapped up in my irritation that I couldn’t see that what I wanted was right under my nose. And have you noticed that it happens like that quite frequently? You can be searching high and low for your keys, in a rush, only to find that they were in plain sight the entire time.
And so it goes for all things we desire in business and money. The next step or perfect answer is under your nose. It will be unveiled as soon as you lose the intensity around what you desire.
When you get wound up, put yourself on a time-out. You’re only allowed to get up when you’ve calmed down and let go of figuring it all out or pushing forward. The times when you feel most under the gun is when you will most resist a time out. Do it anyway.
You don’t want to chill out so you can immediately get your results. You want to soothe your mental mind because life is too short to be whacked out. Now, of course, you will get your answer soon after, but don’t let that be the driving force.
Care more about your sanity than you do anything else….