If I’ve worked with you on the phone, either on your financials or on coaching, you’ve probably heard me talk about your Hustle-to-Chill Ratio. I’m basically obsessed with this concept, as a way to explain what needs to happen in a business to ensure it’s creating the life you want. And also it’s just a handy way (for me, anyway) to look at things in my own present, to ensure that I’m balancing everything just so.
Last weekend, out of nowhere but not really – because the truth is that I have a pretty well-developed practice of sitting at my desk and writing, an idea landed on me pretty much fully-formed. I was just sitting there, scribbling, thinking, planning, and bam, there it was. It reminded me of how Liz Gilbert talks about ideas in her great book, Big Magic.
“I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us – albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.”
Ideas are out there and they’re looking for some place to land, some lucky person to write them down, give them form. That’s kinda how last Sunday felt for me.
It wasn’t totally, totally out of the blue because, like I said, I’ve been obsessing on Hustle-to-Chill for some time (trademark pending, just sayin’), but until Sunday I didn’t have a clear idea of what to do next, like how to develop the idea, where to take it. Until the very clear outline of the book (!) landed. So YES, there’s that. I’m writing a book, the book, now.
And it wasn’t totally out of the blue, either, because I’ve been practicing, right? I’ve been getting myself ready for this, by sitting and writing daily, by keeping the channel open so to speak, for an idea to make its way in.
Even so, this is thrilling. I’m abuzz.
Now, as Liz puts it, it’s showtime.
As soon as the outline floated in, I started pulling together pieces of writing I’ve already done and identifying gaps where more content is needed. The outline has become, in essence, this very clear roadmap of the next few months, touching everything I’m doing -- in terms of where I want my daily writing practice to go, in terms of what I want to share on the blog, on the podcast, on social media, with my clients, in terms of what kind of stories I’m all about collecting right now, as I flesh out this delightful little skeleton that lives on my clipboard right now.
I’m feeling grateful, both to this daily practice of sitting and writing, and to the idea itself for picking me. Now the work begins, the work of being worthy of the task, of taking advantage of it right now while the idea is with me, while this mark, this buzz, is still upon me.
So whatever is your practice, people: re-commit! Stick with it, and you’re building the landing pad. You’re making yourself ready for the next big thing to find you.
Stay tuned, y’all: book coming soon. :)