Being Don Quichote, or how sometimes it is just better to look for other windmills
Sometimes life can feel like you have taking over Don Quichote’s life and you are not getting anywhere quickly. There is a time when to look for other windmills to fight (Click to tweet this). Do you also sometimes feel like you are expending too much effort on something but you want for it to succeed no matter the cost? There is a simple decision making process that I would like to share with you helping you decide whether to fight or to look for another challenge.
This analogy came to life for me as follows: Years back I wanted to pick up an old motor cycle from a friend that lived a good 5 hours away from me. I wanted to buy it off of him so bad that the distance did not matter to me. On the first trip I managed to wreck my car and my motor cycle (that was loaded on a trailer connected to the car). That did not keep me from going there again another year later. When I finally took inventory of what it would take to restore it, I did not notice that besides of the main frame and the tank every other item had to either be replaced or totally restored from the ground up. This turned out to be my first money pit where rational thought was not to be had. My heart had been the key decision maker in this instance even though my instinct and rational thought were telling me otherwise.
Why I mention any of this is simply because the problem is also part of the answer: Using your head, heart and your instinct (aka gut feeling) together and pondering your choices engaging all three with the same importance lets you make decisions more wisely.
In other words I am inviting you to start using a pre-flight check list with three main criteria on it. Does my choice make sense when I use my intellect? Does it make rationally sense? Is my heart in it? Do I love what it will do and what it stands for? Finally, what does my gut, my instinct tell me to do?
Using this head, heart, gut method lets you pick smarter and more sustainable challenges to go after. Give it a try; you cannot lose anything.