What’s overwhelming you today? Maybe it’s time to get stoned.
It could be anything.
Literally — anything. It could be something as small as whether to change your socks. Or it could be something as big as whether to change your career.
But the common denominator here is — making a decision.
Look: you’re a creative man. And as such, you have this artist brain. Which means that you can entertain way too many options in that brain at any given time. Which is good — because you can think of so many solutions.
But also bad — because sometimes you can’t seem to get some of those solutions out of your head so you can choose which one is best. Which means that sometimes, it goes beyond good or bad — to overwhelming.
And when that happens — you need leverage to break the spell. You need to break it down.
Break it down.
So break it down.
And you know what I’m about to say, don’t you? Because if you’ve been reading this blog for any time at all you’ll know that I’m about to suggest that you do some writing.
Writing is one of the best ways to get stuff out of your head and out into the light of day where you can work with it.
Suddenly, it’s less overwhelming.
So do this.
If you’re facing an overwhelming decision today, break it down.
First, get out a piece of paper or a fresh computer document and write out the problem as clearly as you can.
Write as fast as you can, without editing, to get that nasty old overwhelming problem out of the dark recesses of your artist brain and out into the light of day.
Doesn’t it feel great to get all that junk out of your head?
Write out as many as ten solutions to that problem that you just spelled out.
Because you’re getting ready to play the Game of Stones. But first, you’ve got to do some crossing off.
OK. So here we go.
Take those ten possible options you just wrote down that address the problem you’re facing.
Now – the fun part. From those ten good options, limit your list of options to just three.
That’s right. Cross off 7 of those wonderful options. Come on — you can do this.
Ready to get stoned?
Once you’re down to three possible solutions to your problem, from the original ten solutions, you’re ready to play the Game of Stones.
Because when you’re down to three of the best solutions, it can get really tough to decide which one of those solutions is best.
So now, with only three solutions left —
Write each of those three solutions out on it’s own sheet of paper.
And now — if you’d like — flesh out those solutions a little. After all, you have a whole sheet of paper for each of those three solutions.
So once you’ve got those three sheets with perhaps a bit more detail that you just wrote, lay them out in front of you.
And here’s where you’ll need ten small stones. Actually, you could use ten of almost anything small and available.
You could use pennies or nickels or almonds. The point is to get ten of the same thing.
Everybody must get stoned.
So now you’re down to three solutions and ten stones. Just lay those sheets out in front of you and start placing stones (or pennies or almonds) on the sheets.
You may end up with as many as four stones on each of the three sheets, but eventually it comes down to one of the sheets having more stones than any of the rest.
And there you have it!
Fleshed out well.
Have a good time.
So you see — decision making can be fun! And rewarding, and physically satisfying.
Because the more you play the Game of Stones, the better you’ll get at finding that sweet spot of complex and satisfying solutions to sometimes overwhelming problems.
Want more help?
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