How do I figure out what’s next?
I get asked this question all the time—at reinvention workshops and conferences, on social media, via email.
I wish there were a definitive answer, a user’s manual for our life, a rule book, something we could all go download right now. I would be SO in!
But as far as I know, it doesn’t work that way. The truth is that lots of things could be next for us.
Personally, while I’m usually fine once I get started on something and momentum kicks in, between projects I often struggle with picking the right thing to do next. Back and forth and back and forth again, totally overthinking my options until I’m completely stalled out.
What I have to remind myself is that there often isn’t a right thing. The journey might be different, but as long as there’s growth, we really can’t make a wrong choice.
So I just tell myself to make my best guess and pick something and DO IT.
If it works, AWESOME!
If it doesn’t work, I pick myself up, shake off the embarrassment and/or failure.
I take a deep breath, try to figure out what I’ve learned, adjust my aim, try again. Or I try something else.
Shine on, everybody!
Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, which has become a 5-book series. Claire is the now the New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Amazon bestselling author of 17 books as well as a sought after reinvention speaker. Read excerpts and find out more at ClaireCook.com. Be the first to hear about new releases, giveaways, and insider extras at ClaireCook.com/newsletter.