I heard an analogy yesterday that hit me like a truck. It was one of those complete light bulb moments. The sad part is that it was something I already knew, but needed someone to flip the lights on for me to remember it.
The analogy went something like this: If you dig a hundred 1’ holes you will never reach oil. The only way to do that is to dig one 100’ hole.
What does that mean? Like most Creatives, I am always generating ideas. My mind is always jumping from thing to thing, trying to figure out how to be part of a million different projects, and rarely focusing on just one. In fact, I’m not very good at focusing. I get distracted easy and I get so excited about new ideas. I currently have three different projects in the works. (Oh, and don’t forget I work a full-time job and am a single mom). What this means is that I spend every waking hour thinking, working, and doing things for these three projects. I’m slowly inching my way forward, but often get frustrated with my lack of momentum.
Being told to focus usually just irritates me. I’m proud of the fact that I’m well-rounded and am capable of doing a lot of things. This really has nothing to do with that though. This has to do with me not being able to accomplish anything because I’m spreading my time, energy, and resources over too many things.
Yesterday, when my light switched got flipped I stopped to think about how overwhelmed and tired I feel most of the time. Then I honestly looked at all three projects. I chose the one that gives me the most joy and decided to put the other two back on the shelf. If I’m going to strike oil, I really need to get busy digging just one hole.