When I was a little girl, growing up in India, I used to sit in Dad's lap while he drove the Jeep and pretend I was steering. With hands bigger and stronger than mine, there was never a risk that I could take over the trip and guide the car. It's fun to see little kids stand in the driver's seat of a car and rotate the steering wheel back and forth, getting the feel of what it will be like when they grow up and really drive, beginning with a toy car or a bike.
Moving (usually in a forward motion) is the most important thing to note when beginning a pilot project or considering a project you've never done before. Plans are great. Proposals are a good guideline. But sooner or later you have to MOVE to
I love this guy, Trent Dyrsmid, in his YouTube video "How To Start a Business With No Money." ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2m6JkJvv4w ) He gives an awesome illustration of how steering works when you start a business... as long as you 'stay' in business! In Jesmic Jewelry we are just into our second year of business and have followed this steering several times to modify and adapt to find the right market for us and get the cash flow we need.
I believe that when you KNOW you are moving forward as a pilot project, then you don't have unrealistic expectations and are always on the look out for the signs along the way that tell you which way to steer.
At this moment, I am working with a group of challenged people in programs down town that help 'steer' them in the direction of their passions where artistic endeavours have been revealed. In the course, ARTiculum, we have spent six months in a classroom setting discussing the topic: "Concept to Market". One of the students who is blessed with great vision, ideas, and abilities, has so many projects and products that she is getting confused about what direction to take for the Market being organized for their 'graduation'.
In my effort to advise and help her, I suddenly had the thought... "Just make samples!" I told her it was all right for her to make whatever her heart desired at this point since she could just call them 'samples'. This would also be an opportunity for her to 'market test' at the Market where they graduate from the course. The stress and pressure was immediately relieved!
Now we are anticipating that she may have a plethora of items ranging from jewelry, to re-furbished boards on which to hang her 'samples' or the beaded scarves and it will all be part of her 'steering'. But at least she is moving forward. She will succeed.
Don't wait for someone to push you or tow you! Start moving on your dream NOW!
My grand daughter Nicole ( a few years ago) and our grand-dog Oscar. He might be little but his teeth are sharp and since there was doubt about giving him a treat he seems so anxious for... Nicole decides it's a 'Don't". Not even eye contact!
Many times in life as I face different things that require a decision and I can't decide on the spot, I remember this saying of Dad's. It really just means, "Wait!" or "Get some more information so you can make a good decision with confidence."
I have another saying on the heels of this one if someone is pressuring me to make a decision and I"m not ready. I just declare, "I'm deciding not to decide right now!" Some people get upset at this answer when they are in more anxiety about something than you are! But at least they have an answer... for the time being. And it also means, "Wait!"
Doubt is a funny thing because it means we don't have clarity or confirmation or consistency. For me in this situation I often try to determine if there is anything, no matter how small, that I CAN make a decision on, at the moment, besides deciding not to decide! Sometimes it means that I at least know where to take the next baby step or little bite out of the elephant.
If someone is pressuring me, I try to at least give some sense of WHEN I will decide, or WHAT information I need to remove the doubt! In circles of faith, believing what we can't see, we still need something to stand on to remove the doubt. A promise. A testimony from someone who has gone through the same thing, or in some cases a Plan B, or way out if the decision isn't the right one.
Giving myself permission to deal with the doubt before making a critical decision is the best way I know and to have my Dad's words echoing in my ear and to remember all the times he moved forward in faith, is to know that doubt can dealt with so the "Don't" becomes the "Do!"