There is a joy in starting over, a cleanliness and clarity that only a new beginning can offer. What a gift to be able to question everything – your choices, your habits, even your beliefs. Starting over is very, very good.
A major switch
After 20 years on a PC I bought a Mac. That’s where this lesson on starting over originated Not only have I had to learn a lot of new ways to do things, I’ve had to question and eliminate old ways of doing things. I’m spending time at the Apple store with great people helping me learn this, but my personal lesson is how willing I am to change and what I need to give up.
How am I confining myself?
My biggest lesson came with the realization that my constant and perhaps over-use of tables to define and contain content may just be keeping me from a flow of ides. There is a fear I will lose something, a need to control, probably other hidden psychological stuff hidden in my constant use of tables to organize my thoughts. Well, tables in PC does not convert at all well to a Mac. I have to look really hard at a deep engrained habit that I was very dependent upon an see how I am willing to change. Hummmm
I can make things easier
The Mac is very intuitive. Only the stuff you need shows, the rest is hidden inside. So I got to look at clutter. How much do I have around me that I can put away. What is important that I need to have close at hand. I made some choices and streamlined my work environment.
I re-organized everything
Oh man, moving files was easy but reorganizing them was hard. Not everything stayed in their neat little folders. So I have about 15 years of writing to reorganize or release. I have several old courses that I outlined but never finished. Some of that work will be very useful in the courses I plan today. I just have to put them where I can find them. There is nothing like reviewing years of past work to help you see how you have changed.
How I use what is in my old files today is quite different. I have a new focus, a new direction, a new community. My philosophy has evolved but every old file I move needs to be repurposed to match what I am doing today – or tossed. It is hard for me to let go of my past work. But the truth is, all those idea are still within me. They have expanded and are more focused and will find a way to be expressed in the work I do today.
Question old habits
I am discovering more effective ways to work. I turned my start up blog post page into a template. I have other start-up templates I can create. I get to rethink how I want to organize the ideas I so methodically stuck into tables I think bullet points and headings will open up my thinking and encourage a more focused and flexible flow of ideas. I am having a good time learning new shortcut keys and new places to find things. Several new ideas for helping others has come from my own adventure into change. Change is an opportunity to eliminate or alter your unconscious and conscious habits.
Be willing to go exploring
Exploring takes time and patience. When you are approaching a new experience move in slowly with awareness and openness. I have had to rethink many of my habits and reflexes and even my organization. I get to try something new, rearranged it, tweak it, then own it – for now. Use the discomfort of learning to explore new possibilities.
Be willing to learn
I’ve signed up for 1:1 tutorials so I can get up to speed rapidly on some of the new programs. I have an ongoing list of questions that I take to open learning desk. I explore I poke around. I made decisions. One of the most powerful aspects of this experience is the ready access to help. i am not in my corner reading the small print trying to figure out a program on my own. I can sign up for private tutorials that start with what I know (and don’t know) and build on it – rapidly. As many things as I have to re-learn and learn before I can get back to the creative work I am doing, the amazing help I am receiving is making this change happen in a very timely manner.
Starting over is an amazing opportunity to freshen your outlook, shed some outdated habits, and make some new friends In what area of your life do you need to start over?
To Sing a Deeper Song consider:
04–How to Redefine Yourself and the 30 year plan (podcast, 20 minutes)
06– Unfolding And The Art Of Wu Wei (podcast, 20-minutes)
07- How to Find and Express Your Distinctive Voice (podcast, 20-minutes)
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