The Art of Course Correction
Updated: Jan 12, 2020
Sometimes, it’s immediate…
Sometimes, you get well on your way…finding your rhythm. A product of the Flow…You feel untouchable. Inspired by Purpose. You are being led by the Holy Spirit in a new way – first, discovering a confidence you’ve never had before…about this….
The vision becomes clearer, the “how’s?” have become “is”.
And as it is, we find that fear and doubt are often still present, but they don’t so easily knock us down or out of the Flow.
As a performance artist, I’ve always imagined my entrepreneurial life would be that of a spoken word artist and singer or as, “a writer who speaks and a speaker who sings…”. I’ve placed things like hosting and moderating panel discussions, etc. on the back burner, never really focusing on any desired outcome.
Because I “grew up” on the poetry scene in the late 90’s early 2000s, my vision was limited to what’d I’d known and what I saw my colleagues and acquaintances moving into so, this would be my life as well, right?
While I love to sing and perform on stage, I wouldn’t say I’ve ever developed a passion for it. The same is true for modeling, acting and writing – poetry, books (and even blogging). While I truly do enjoy all of these things and find great joy in providing these services, I found that I limited myself to those titles and that resume because these are the talents that seemed to come easily or more naturally to me.
I attempted to keep myself boxed in based on previous experience in those areas.
It has taken years to find my stride as an entrepreneur. As a creative, it’s easy to get discouraged, feeling “flighty” or unfocused but what I’ve learned (and am ever realizing) is that determining one’s path to a particular end-goal is an ongoing effort with many moments of course correction. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, known as The Minimalists, describe course correction as one of the greatest skills that we can develop. Too often, we throw in the towel at the first sight of the unknown, or any error, considering our efforts a flop, a miscall or worst, a straight up failure.
And we give up...
It is my hope, as we continue growing as individuals, in marriages and as entrepreneurs (and alllll that this entails), that we continue to find ourselves more open to all the possibilities that are revealed on this path and that we are able to learn to course correct, finding ourselves in circles, places, and the products of visions we never could have ever imagined.
All by the grace of God…
“To err is human; therefore, one of the most important skills we can develop is course correction. It’s crucial to recognize when a mistake is a mistake, to learn from our indiscretions, and then to change course and move forward a better person.” – The Minimalists