This morning, I felt utterly and completely overwhelmed with things I've committed to do, things I want to do, things I should do, and things I have to do. Ideally, these would all be the same things, but this morning, there was conflict and divergence.
The outer world (that is, not within my sphere of influence) feels impossibly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). This has had a profound impact on my inner world. As a result, I have felt the need to load up and over commit in an effort to feel some semblance of control.
The good news is that I've learned to recognize (most of the time) when I'm feeling bad or uncomfortable. This situational awareness enables me to take action to remedy the situation. First and foremost, for me, this means I need to attend to physical needs. I went to my workout class at Higher Purpose Fitness. Not only did this energize me physically, but this practice also has a social component. Everyone knows one another. We encourage each other, instilling a "you got this" attitude that lasts all day. Feeling right physically and emotionally facilitates mental capacity.
My routine (which I love), my goals, and the habits I've cultivated enable me to maximize my flow states. When I remain true to this path, magical, serendipitous events insert themselves into my daily journey. After my workout, I went to Starbucks. A friend, whom I haven't seen in ages, but whom I keep meaning to call, came into Starbucks this morning. We set a meeting. He also provided me with a resource I have been looking for. Following that encounter, I heard the siren on a fire truck as it drove by (I always take this as a sign I'm on a right path).
The thing is, I'm really good at this on a daily basis. Planning out six months in advance (which is what I have to do for conferences, speaking engagements, etc.) is not as simple. The next step in this process is to look, again, at the commitment list and ask myself, "Is this in keeping with my goals and my sense of well-being?" That is what I need to do today. This is the definition of flow-based decision making.