So many people I talk with feel trapped in their life in some way. It could be heavy burdens with work or family, a health issue, or just not feeling authentic.
One of the worst parts of feeling trapped is not knowing the next step.
Lately Iâ€™ve been feeling really pushed to pay attention to the next steps. Iâ€™m witnessing two friends who each got a cancer diagnosis in the past week and am wading with them through what I consider the worst part of cancer â€“ waiting to figure out what are the next steps. Iâ€™m devouring David Allenâ€™s book Getting Things Done: the Art of Stressfree Productivity and am inspired by his focus on primarily tracking next action steps. Iâ€™m even working on a grant proposal to the Next Step Fund for artists.
The grant proposal is an interesting challenge. What would you do with a $5,000 gift for to advance your lifeâ€™s work? Can you name your lifeâ€™s work? Can you identify some opportunities or challenges that would be helped by $5,000? What do these questions inspire in you?
I confess my first response is a furrowed brow and tired confusion. Iâ€™m using my head to figure it out. But as my qigong teacher is so fond of saying, only 10% of the bodyâ€™s energy is in the head. The other 90% is in the heart.
Decisions I make with my whole body are usually quite clear and guide me well. When your gut, heart, and mind have been in unity, have they ever led you astray? I am reminded of how many times Iâ€™ve received great ideas while meditating or dancing.
Hereâ€™s my next step before all others: integrate my body and mind. The rest will flow from there.