There are times when we’re running full speed on a project (or a handful of projects). We’re deep in it and we feel the momentum. When new, random ideas pop into our minds, we push them to our “someday lists” without much angst. We’re too in love with our main thing(s) right now.
There are times when we’ve been at something for a while–years even–and our work isn’t feeling quite as inspiring or challenging as it once did. We feel a nagging inside that we try to ignore. We continue on, basking in the comfort of the familiar for a while longer, but knowing that a change of some sort is on the horizon.
There are times when we consciously tweak our routines. We integrate new ideas or mediums into our work. We mix things up in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. We experiment within existing structures or even try out new hobbies on the side, all with the goal of adding more multidimensionality to our life.
There are times when we rest, reflect, and prioritize self-care. We get outside more. We pare down and simplify. We don’t work intensely on any big projects. We just recover.
There are times when everything is new. We’ve shed our old skin. We’ve taken a huge leap. The slate is blank. It’s scary, but oh so thrilling! We start experimenting and playing. We paint, draw, take a programming course, read about molecular evolution, dabble in photography, take up mountain biking, write a novel, and start three businesses. We’re whirling.
These seasons don’t necessarily follow in sequence, but they are distinct phases that I’ve noticed when speaking with multipotentialites, as well as in my own life.
Sometimes, in a huddle, there will be one multipod in the group who’s bored and contemplating a big change, another who’s having a blast exploring ALL THE THINGS, and another who is very seriously pursuing one or two projects and wants advice on something specific like launching their course or self-publishing a graphic novel.
They each need different things: advice, accountability, permission to be unproductive, links to Coursera courses…
Some of these seasons are more comfortable than others, though they all have their joys and their challenges.
Whatever season you’re in,
Do you move through different seasons? What season are you in right now?