So I’ve decided…(man, if I had a quarter for every time I’ve said that phrase!)…
So I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to make big sweeping grand gestures or decisions.
Yes, I see the irony. It’s staring me in the face like a big, ironic elephant.
The reason for this? It’s because I tend to see and experience the world in black and white. Yes or no, hot or cold, pink or no pink*. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the world doesn’t really work like that. You know, beauty is in the greys, and all that shit.
I got this idea from my riding partner. He reminded me that I didn’t get into mountain biking all at once. I didn’t make a firm, ’til death do we part commitment to mountain biking. I started off riding my rigid frame bike for a month or so. Then I was gifted a hard tail bike, which I rode the rest of the season and into the next. After that I bought myself a full suspension bike. A few months after that I tried downhilling for the first time. A year and several lessons later, I bought myself a downhill bike.
What I’m trying to say is that starting small, dipping your toe in, or whatever baby step metaphor you chose, is okay.
You don’t have to know the outcome of a project or where something is going when you start. You can try something just to see if you like it. You don’t have to jump head first into a box or job title or personal label.
For example: I have a small idea for a personal finance budgeting technique that I think might appeal to a certain type of person. Prior to today, I would have (and have!) grinded myself with the questions, “Stephanie, do you want to be a money coach?”, “Should I start a personal finance blog?”. But now, with my new found epiphany, I’m not going there.
I’m going to dip my toe into my project and see what happens.
I’m not going to brainstorm a business name, thinking about revenue streams, or get overwhelmed because what if I hate 1:1 coaching and oh holy shit this is a big huge idea and I had better go take a nap.
Nope, instead I’m merely committing to spending 13 minutes this week coming up with the roughest of rough outlines for my budgeting guide.
And that’s it.
I have no idea where it will go after that, or even if it will go anywhere at all.
And that’s okay.
Because toe dipping is highly permissible and grand gestures are scary and unnecessary.
Until next time.
*Correct answer: pink. Always pink. Whether it’s regarding the color of your hamburger after it’s cooked or anything else.