Why disconnecting is important for reconnecting?
A while ago, I was following this amazing self-proclaimed challenge —
One Medium Post A Day
I had an amazing streak too! However, other priorities demanded attention and I was forced to disconnect from (writing on) Medium. This disconnected phase made me gain some valuable insights about Medium, my writing goals and myself —
Writing was just an ‘option’ to me.
Treating success as an option is one of the major reasons why people don’t create it for themselves — Grant Cardone
The fact that I chose other work over writing made me realize that writing was just an option to me. If something ‘urgent’ or ‘important’ came up, I would give up writing for it!
This mentality was not going to help me succeed in writing (or any goal for that matter).
In order to succeed at something, it needs to be a commitment, an absolute must. If I want to succeed in writing I have to treat it as an absolute must!
I was not stretching my creativity.
Creativity is Intelligence having fun — Albert Einstein
As I was not writing posts on Medium, I had time to reflect on the posts that I had already written. Most posts that I had written revolved around topics of Motivation, Productivity, Self-Improvement (you get the idea!). I was unknowingly writing on topics that I was personally inclined to. As the topics were limited, my creativity wasn’t used to the fullest.
The more I suppress my creativity, the more confined my thinking will be. Confined thinking is NOT going to take me anywhere close to my goals.
I had no strategy.
A vision with a strategy remains an illusion — Lee Bolman
The whole reason I landed in a position where two priorities conflicted was because I had no strategy. I used to wake up in the morning and ‘figure out’ the rest of the day.
If I wish to tackle the tasks I encounter as and when they show up, I’m bound to fail. To truly succeed in a day, I need to prioritize my tasks and allocate time windows for them. Strategy is necessary for me to execute well.
You will have (or be forced) to disconnect from the some step towards your success. Instead of whining, use this time to reflect and figure out ways to reconnect. I did it with writing and found out three major action items —
- Make writing a commitment.
- Stretch Creativity.
- Strategize EVERYDAY!
I reconnected with something I had disconnected with. If I can, so can you. What was the task you disconnected with? Spend some time to reflect on it. Do you wish to reconnect?