Let’s be honest – I’m a planner. Before I start anything new, I like to know what I want to create, and exactly how I’ll get there.
So, before I started my very first macramé wall hanging, I envisioned what I wanted it to look like, then set about creating a detailed plan for the exact design. But there was just one problem – I could only seem to map out the first few rows.
I was frustrated. I wanted to know exactly what it would look like before I got started make sure the entire design looked perfect and whole – not just the first section.
But my intuition nudged me to go ahead and start the macramé anyway – even without a plan.
I completed the first planned section. Then, curious to know what was next, I took a step back and felt into this piece. Where did it want to go (not where did I want to go)?
As I felt into it, it began to speak to me. “Let’s make this section really intricate with lots of square knots,” and “This part here, it needs spaciousness. Let’s add a crystal.”
It all started to emerge and take shape. . By the end of the process, I had a beautiful hanging that truly spoke to my heart (rather than my head).
You see, the only way I could get there was to start and let it evolve, rather than having it all mapped out from the beginning.
It’s a lot like business and intuitive entrepreneurship.
You can start with a water-tight plan and then implement it, but for that to work, you need to have a clear vision about what you want to create, and know the exact steps you need to take to manifest that vision.
But there are also times in business when you don’t have a clear vision. Maybe you have an inkling of what’s coming next, but you don’t have a sense of its complete shape and form. Or you think you know what you want to create, but you can only imagine a small fraction of what you’re capable of. Perhaps you know what you want, but you don’t know how you’ll get there.
So Option B, just like the macramé, is to start with the intention of what you wish to create, AND trust the process of creation itself. Know what your initial steps are, but also trust that the steps after those will become clear as you continue your journey.
This is the essence of intuitive entrepreneurship.
If you’ve been holding back something you want to create just because you don’t have the complete plan, I invite you to lean in and trust your intuition to guide you. Go ahead and start without a plan, knowing that the path will emerge as you take each step forward.
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