You’ve probably heard the expression, “Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.”
The idea is that, if you shop while you’re hungry, you’re likely to fill your cart with more than you should. Your hunger makes you want more.
You’re biting off more than you can… um, eat.
When I go shopping on an empty stomach, I talk myself into buying all kinds of things I wouldn’t normally buy. Instead of “What do we need?” I walk around impulsively, desperately saying, “Hmmm, that looks good. I’ll take it!”
With grocery shopping, maybe this isn’t such a good thing. But what about the rest of our lives?
There Are Many Kinds of Hunger
Yesterday, I was HUNGRY!
I wasn’t hungry for food, though. I was hungry for something bigger.
I don’t talk much about it here, but I’ve been thinking a lot about my business lately. Especially the last week or so, I’ve been thinking about doing something big. My head has been spinning, distracted with possibilities.
I’m getting more hungry.
This has happened to me before. I’ve been in business for about 10 years, and I’ve gone through many evolutions and growth spurts. Almost all of those growth periods was preceded by some kind of new hunger.
- It started with a simple hunger to pay my bills. So I built a business that did that.
- Then I got a hunger for flexibility. So I became location-independent.
- I got a hunger for more money. So I got more helpful and more valuable.
- I got a hunger to buy a house. So, at 26, I did.
- I got a hunger to work with people who would inspire me every single day. So, I embraced my idealism, and now I work with the best people in the world.
- And now …
I Have A New Hunger
I want to be clear that I’m not going to do something crazy like close my business. It affords me wonderful freedom and inspiring hard work that I love to do. I’m not going to be deleting anything, but I am going to add something new into the mix. I stumbled upon that thing in a funny way.
Yesterday, I sat down for my morning meditation. For the first time in a week, I felt like I was able to relax my mind.
All the ideas that had been spinning around in my head finally started to settle down in the right order. Breathe in. Breathe out.
The ideas lined up and the fog started to lift and I could see with perfect clarity. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Click. There it was.
Sitting with my eyes closed in the sun, I felt myself smile.
The little bell on my phone timer sounded out, and I opened my eyes.
“I know exactly what I have to do.”
My sense of deep calm was immediately replaced by something else. A furious, almost panicked sense of hunger.
I was ravenous. Manic. I saw this idea as a whole for the first time and I just wanted to do it all. I wanted it all right away.
But I couldn’t have it all. It’s too big. It’s huge!
I needed to break this thing down into pieces I can actually chew.
I Needed a Plan
So, I sat down and wrote a plan. Simple, right?
I’ve been in this spot before. Taken an idea, made a plan and executed it. That’s what we do. That’s what you do.
As I was writing it all down, I noticed something was different this time. My hunger was messing with me.
Just like at the grocery store, instead of just asking myself, “What do I need here?” my hunger was taking over. I kept impulsively saying, “This looks good. I’ll take it!”
My list was growing and growing. My hunger kept saying, “YES! MORE!”
My hunger convinced me. So I just kept going. And it was wonderful.
I rode my hunger to the point of exhaustion. The intensity was unsustainable, and so it had to end. But when it did, I looked at what I’d made. I looked at my plan, my list, and I smiled again.
“This might actually work.”
This new thing is huge. To be honest, it scares me; but I’m starting to believe I can do it. I know I’ll need patience.
I’m going to need to break it down some more. I’ll share the journey on this blog. I’ll do this new thing in front of you. I’ll do it as an experiment, so I can’t fail.
I’m going to need some new habits, but I’ll create those. I’ll invite you to join me.
We’ll do this together.
Today I woke up feeling more tired than hungry. My intense energy from yesterday has drained me a bit, but that’s okay.
I still have my list because I made it when I was hungry. I’m looking at it right now. The feeling is starting to come back. I’m getting hungry again.
I know exactly what I have to do.
What about you?
Maybe you have something big? Something that makes you hungry? Something so big it scares you… What is it?
Tap into your hunger and write up a plan. Make a plan that’s too big.
Too big is just right. You hunger knows this. Learn to listen to it.
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