Updated: Jan 3, 2020
The perennial question as we continuously project into the future is always, What Next?
Where should my life be headed?
Should I go on vacation?
Should I quit my job?
Should I end my relationship?
Should I start a business?
Should I do this or do that?
When will things finally turn around?
What do I want? What do I need?
Embedded in all these questions is always, ‘What Next?’
The very question, “What Next?” goes beyond a mere thought and suggests some form of action.
It suggests doing or changing something.
It’s very easy to get stuck at ‘What Next?’, forever pondering what it is you could or should be doing.
Assuming in the meantime that you have to have it all figured out before doing anything.
As author Greg Krech eloquently puts it:
”Action isn't something that comes after figuring things out. Action is a way of figuring things out…”
So the point is, to be intentional.
To make definitive decisions one way or the other and to move forward.
Remembering that you are always one decision away from a completely different life.
Doing is part of the process of knowing.
Although it sounds rather clichéd, you can in fact work on developing a vision for your life, to orientate yourself in a way that’s reflective of who you are and what’s important.
But sitting around pondering ‘What Next?’ is not going to get you anywhere.
The answer then, to this very question is simple is: what comes next is always what’s right in front of you, right now.
That next single step is what's going to point you in that right direction and get you moving forward.
You don’t have to move mountains, you just have to move, one step a time,
Taking the big things and breaking them down into little digestible bits.
'What Next', is simply asking, what’s the one thing you need to ‘DO’ (action) right now?
What is the next step? That's it. That's all you need to be concerned about.
That oughta get you started, and when’s that done, rinse and repeat.
Before you know it, you’ve got some momentum.
It was once said: “therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble…”
Wise words indeed.