Cut the B.S.

​I’m approaching the final leg of a project. Something that has been in my mind for the last year. Something that has overtaken my thoughts.

A few days ago, I was thinking, asking myself, what next? What do I do after this is done?

I’ve had a plan laid out for some time. I’m gonna do A, which will lead me to B, which I can leverage to do C and D.

That’s how a strategist is supposed to think. They’re supposed to keep their endgame, their grand strategy in mind, and measure every act against it. They’re supposed to think in terms of consecutive steps and their consequences. Not one off actions. They’re supposed to see everything on a timeline measured in decades, instead of weeks, and on a scope which considers things bigger than themselves.

But all that was disrupted when I asked myself the following question:

If I had 6 months to live, what would I do next?

See my plans were to be executed over (i)years. But that question helped me see that perhaps I’m just delaying. Perhaps, I’m avoiding what is most important to me until I have more, enough. Because if I had 6 months to live I wouldn’t do half of what I’d planned. I’d drop it and do what matters. I’d focus on what is essential to me and what is most valuable to other people.

So if you’re beginning a project, in the middle of one, or finishing one, ask yourself this question:

If I had 6 months to live, what would I do next? 

Consider the answer and cut out the B.S. you had planned.