I was talking to a good friend last week about business development. He listened as I told him about my thoughts and plans for 2015 that were just beginning to take shape in the first few days of the year. I concluded by saying, “So I think that is my next step.” He replied: “No, it’s this step. It’s the step you are on right now.”
Have you recently said, “the next step,” or “take (fill-in-the-blank) to the next level?” My wise friend helped me to see that I was missing something in doing so. Perhaps next is simply now. “What’s next?” is an invitation to be present to what is happening now. What are you experiencing? Would you like more of the same, or not so much? What would need to change so that you could continue in a positive direction? In this way, progress is gradual, sustainable, and continuous.
Before you decide what to do next, it’s advisable to understand what you are doing now. Moshe Feldenkrais said, “I’m not here to tell you what to do. I’m simply here to make sure that YOU know WHAT you are doing.” One step, then another, paying attention, adapting. That’s the Feldenkrais way. That’s my plan. What’s yours?