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Keep Pressing Forward: A Simple Truth To Remember

 

Sometimes it’s the simple truths that have the biggest impact, yet it’s those same truths that seem to slip from our mind time and time again.

As I was reading one of my favorite bloggers / idea-guy’s, Jon “The Mythic Man” Acuff, he mentioned a simple truth that has been sticking with me ever since.  “Where you are is just for now… it’s not forever.”  In reading this, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  As I have been mulling this truth over in my mind a couple of examples started to form.

The first is with my kids. My wife and I are in an extremely tough season with whiney kids, whom we love dearly, that have so much energy and always seem to be hungry.  There are times we ask ourselves, “Do you think we will miss this stage?”  We always answer yes with the understanding that we won’t miss all the whining, but we will miss this stage of life that is so precious and innocent.  Soon and very soon we will blink our eyes and they will be in middle school with acne on their face. Then we will blink again and they will be in college and swooning over their “true loves.”  We will blink once more and they will be out on their own, carrying on the Stippich legacy and possibly have their own families.  As I said, where we are is just for now… it’s not forever.  

The other example is with my job.  I love getting to partner with so many people and have so many conversations about all sorts of topics.  I am also an avid learner and consumer of content which has helped me have better conversations with those I interact with.  Is my job perfect, heck no, but it has offered me unbelievable experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything.  In moments where I may be frustrated at my current standing, I go back to the simple truth that where I am is just for now…It’s not forever.  I have no idea how long I will be with my current company, but what I do know is that I am going to act as if it’s for 30 years, yet hold it loosely for whatever opportunity comes my way.  

 We all need to take a moment to breath in those moments of stress and realize that they won’t last forever.  Remember, that as long as you are learning and growing, pressing into relationships, and preparing yourself for the next opportunity, wherever you are is just for now…it’s not forever. 

Helpful Hints

How To Be More Creative: Stop Editing And Just Write

I learned something from a wise sage, Jon Acuff, a little over a year ago and it has worked wonders for me as I have been trying to create content.  His big piece of advice, which I wish I would have learned in school and applied years ago, is to keep writing.  When you are first capturing your thoughts, don’t worry about the edits and what you could say differently.  When you are switching from jotting ideas down to editing, you are activating two different parts of your brain which ends up hurting the creative process.  Only after your initial draft is done should you start editing.  

Another lesson I have learned along this creative journey is that you need to let what you write just sit there on the screen.  Don’t always go from capturing your thoughts to editing.  The reason you should allow some space is because your unconscious mind is still processing through what you wrote and is making edits that you are not consciously aware of.  These edits and ideas will become apparent as you go back to your document and re-read it and start the editing process. 

This simple idea of just capturing my ideas and thoughts, no matter how good or bad, has been a true game changer.  It’s something that we all need to apply to our work whether we are writing an article, business proposal, potential contract or anything of importance.

(Example of this process: Started with the title 10/22. First draft 10/23.  First edit 10/29. Final edit 10/30)