I’m kind of type A about certain things. I strive for order. I think it’s a virtue. It makes my mind feel peace. It makes me particular. Sometimes being particular is a good thing. I get to do and experience things I truly appreciate. Sometimes, however, being particular is a detriment.
When I am too particular, I may miss out on a lot of little joys and other things that my tiny brain could never have considered. Life unfurls and it’s impossible to know what the banner is going to contain without moving forward.
I recently joined a program about building an online business run by one of my favorite authors, Chris Guillebeau. The program is designed so you do 1 step per day for 365 days to jump start your Empire. The steps are sent in a daily email. What I did not realize is that when I opted in for the mails, I did it at night right before bed. Now I receive the daily emails right before bed, leaving me no chance to really act upon the steps.
I was really miffed at first about my mistake and thought about emailing support to get the time changed. Then I thought, No. Let’s see what happens.
A week has gone by and I now see some real value in getting the late emails. I have something to look forward to in the evening. It’s something that, no matter how weird or unproductive my day may have been, I can count on that 1 email.
It also makes me think about things relating to my goals right before bed. This can be great for reflecting on problems and ideas. Sleep has a way of resolving issues in our mind.
So while my type A nature would have preferred to get the emails precisely at 4:45 PM, I’m seeing some real benefit from trying something against my better instincts.
It makes me thing, what else in my life am I putting in a preconceived box that might lead me to gather new insights and wisdom if I shook things up?
It also reminds me that simply settling, hoping, and waiting are no ways to figure anything out in life. The only way to do that is to move forward, get feedback, and adjust from there. Easier said then done.
In the meantime, I have another email waiting for me.