July 18

07/18/12: Discriminate from the Start | Ace Wands, King Swords


I’m an ideas person. When I’m taking off on a new project, I can get a bad case of “Wouldn’t-it-be-great-to-do-this-or-that-itis?” Forget focus, forget objectives. I just get excited by all the possibilities! It’s obviously a blessing to have ideas and enthusiasm, but when I’ve chased my ideas willy-nilly, I’ve found I run out of steam long before I reach those objectives from the start. Assuming I did start with clear objectives. Ha!


Here we’ve got the Ace of Wands (Root of Fire) and King of Swords (Fire of Air). When you begin a project (Ace of Wands), make your action (Tarot Kings) logical and rational (Tarot Swords). Prune relentlessly all that doesn’t contribute to your goals.

I could have used a big dose of this advice when I took over the Low Carb site I used to own. I was SO excited when the creator approached me about taking over the site!  I brainstormed a list of ideas—must have been about a hundred or so—of all sorts of cool things to accomplish with the site. I wanted the site to be self-sustaining for expenses, and I wanted it to be a service, but beyond that, I didn’t exactly know where I was going. I just knew I had plenty of ideas!

Now, my ideas weren’t bad. A lot of them may have been great! Or not. But I couldn’t tell you because I didn’t make most of them happen. Each one took energy and resources to complete. Without a logical accounting of what I was hoping to accomplish with any given plan, it just became an overwhelming pile of work.

Had I been using Tarot’s wise counsel, I may have approached it differently. I may have started out prioritized objectives. Then, I could weigh each against my goals, and see if it added to or subtracted from getting what I wanted out of the work. If I were looking to help new folks, maybe enhancing the forum or adding newbie-friendly content would have been job one. If I wanted to foster the growth of the community, then a focus on my participation or spreading the word may have been the best investment of energy. But as it stood, I was scattered on my efforts and therefore, the payoffs were likewise scattered.

The site looked nice. It was helpful overall. But dealing with it was also an emotional drain. Much effort was misdirected toward what I thought was most perfect as opposed to what was most helpful for reaching objectives. What I needed to get from it versus what I had to put into it didn’t usually match, because my APPROACH was not logically designed to produce the right output.

You hearing this? To get your best start, think it through now. Set your priorities and make your lists. Knock off those accomplishments one at a time, and don’t be seduced by feel-good-but-doesn’t-help busywork threatening to distract.

Are you good at this?

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  1. Excellent post! I have been there too. Sometimes I wait for the growth to be unwieldy and sometimes I am a pruning expert. Laughs.

  2. I didn’t have the logical accounting or a given plan when I started my blog. I am usually a logical planner. That’s one reason why I had to prune it right back to the stump. :-))

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