It can feel overwhelming can’t it?
It often shows up when you are looking to create change or do something new.
This feeling in itself isn’t a problem. It is how you respond to that feeling that is important.
If you are heading in a new direction you haven’t been in before, it is perfectly normal to get that “I don’t know what to do” or “I don’t know where to start” feeling.
It is a normal part of getting on the path to creating change and moving in new directions.
But the problem with it is this:
When people feel they don’t know what to do, they often do nothing. As a result they stay stuck where they don’t want to be.
If this sounds familiar here is:
What to do when you don’t know what to do.
First of all, don’t beat yourself up about it or allow frustration to take over. It serves no useful purpose. It is natural to not know what to do when you start something new. Be kind to yourself.
Secondly, be honest with yourself about if you are using that feeling as an excuse to do nothing. If you are, make a commitment to stop making excuses. They keep you stuck and let you off the hook from taking action.
Thirdly, for the love of God do something!!!
Seriously, just do something. It doesn’t even matter if the first thing you do isn’t right. You are just taking the first step to finding out what to do.
Once you have decided on what you want the outcome to be, come back to where you are and just focus on the first step to move you forward.
- Maybe the first step is just doing some research on the thing you want to achieve.
- Maybe it’s hiring someone knowledgeable in that area to help you
- Maybe it’s doing a brainstorm or a mini plan.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Sorry to those of you who were expecting some sophisticated masterplan as the solution to what to do when you don’t know what to do. But it really is as simple as just do something. Take a baby step. And each step you take will lead to the next one.
Let go of needing to know “how” before you start. The “how” will be revealed along the way as you learn stuff and take action.
So, what baby step will you take today about the thing you don’t know how to do?