I was out on the mountain bike this week, enjoying a track that was a little rougher than those I usually ride when in the distance I saw that the track was flooded. What should I do? Turn back, try and push the bike round the muddy edge or be daring and take the risk of pedalling through the muddy waters. What was hidden – rocks, holes? How deep and what would happen if I got stuck or fell off? And it was a long stretch of water…
How important is it to finish things? When is something finished? And does it matter that our imcomplete work is seen by others?
I was recently in Stratford-on-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, but I didn’t find the place quite as you might imagine. It wasn’t all picture postcard beautiful with a poet reciting on each corner or with cafes packed with wannabe bards.
But it did get me thinking.
You have to do something different.
You have to take action.
That means not just talking about it, not just wistfully thinking maybe.
Another new year and the same old job, same old workplace, same old commute. So you start to think about giving it all up and doing something different, embarking on a new adventure. So what’s a good reason to quit? Here are seven reasons to help you asses if you’re ready:
What mountain are you going to climb this year?
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You’ve reached the goal that you’ve set for yourself. At last you’ve made it! But then you can often feel deflated when the initial euphoria of getting there wears off. All the effort and energy, the focus and putting aside of other things and then it’s done. Earlier this year I started walking the Thames Path, at the end of November I got to the end (or the beginning if walking the other way). So here are some thoughts on using successful completion for more than an excuse for one too many beers and to vanish those post achievement blues.
There is a street on the edge of Paris called Bad Advice (Rue Mauconseil). Along with a cafe tabac and the local socialist party offices there is a butchers. Looking at the various cuts of beef there was also something else which I hadn’t eaten and so paused to think – was it time to try some horse?
A friend once picked the ball from roulette wheel to get himself banned from a casino. It was one way of burning a bridge, creating a situation from where there is no going back. If you ever think that you need to make a break and put yourself in a no going back situation be sure to do it in a way that’s creative, fun and doesn’t generate you a whole pile or regret.