When You Feel Like You’re Going in Circles

Have you ever had an idea? It’s a really great idea. Then suddenly you put that idea aside and look for a new idea. When people are uncertain of the outcome or are impatient to get a result done, they will search for the fastest and quickest way to getting to their path.

Weight loss is an example of this. You constantly hear these types of questions all over the internet. What is the fastest way to lose weight? What is the newest weight loss fad? What is the secret to weight loss? How can you implement all ideas together to create the fastest and quickest way to lose weight? Overweight people who want to lose weight but have no discipline or control over the fact that good amount of effort is needed will always find themselves going in circles trying to find a new way to lose weight, while looking in the mirror and seeing more or less of the same thing every day.

Blogging is also another of this. Some people blog aimed at getting traffic. They find new strategies to get the traffic and as a result, their obsession with this causes their content to suffer. Some people obsess over their content, and hope that hundreds of people will miraculously visit their blog without promotion. Others might force themselves to develop a type of personality to fit their blog’s personality, so they over think things when really blogging in the first place was supposed to be about writing a simply entry for fun.

How many people do you know go in circles? They say they’re going to do one thing, then you see them doing something else, and the next thing you know, they are back at the same place again, doing the same exact things. When you have too many ideas at once, it makes it impossible to simplify, especially if you do not have an organized plan.

You’re just kind of roaming from “chunks of ideas” to “chunks of ideas”. I’ve been through this before and it feels like a mess. It feels like you’re going nowhere. Everything feels ambiguous, there’s no clarity, you can’t see where you’re going with this, and you constantly feel a mixture of anxiety, because you don’t know what’s going to happen, and irritation, because in the meanwhile, you’re wasting your time.

What I discovered is that many people go from thinking about point A to point B to point C and then back to point A. All this thinking causes one thing to happen.

Nothing.

Instead of thinking about one idea or one plan then going to another idea or another plan, stick to 1 idea. And even if you have 3 of 4 ideas at once, don’t just memorize all of them because it will drive you crazy (like it did to me). Get a piece of paper and combine those ideas. Write down the dates, what you need to do on each date, and what you expect to accomplish by those dates.

This plan can be a span of a week, a month, six months, of a year; it doesn’t matter as long as you know that there is a clear path to where you are going right now. You’re not just randomly going from what feels good at the moment and then jumping to another idea. So, I always like to spend some time in a quiet place to really think of what I want to achieve within a deadline and what needs to get done by those dates. It helps me clarify my life.

I think many people rush to get things done because they feel like something just needs to get done. This behavior pattern usually will cause one to just go around in circles. Carefully plan out what you need to get done in the future and look at it every day. By doing this, you won’t find yourself going in circles, but more finding yourself going in a straight and steady line.