For many years, I have lost my focus on what’s essential, straying away and forgetting about what’s moving me forward. I have not been unsuccessful, but there are different kinds of success. As Simon Sinek talks about in his latest book, “The Infinite Game“, you can either play the finite game or play the infinite game – where the focus is to become a better version of yourself. I need to find my way back to the latter.
This also means finding back to my much-needed writing zone. I have always known the importance of this, but a blurred focus had me lose my inspiration along the way. Nevertheless, there’s always been this nagging feeling to write as I have things to say to fill up the empty spaces in my life. So this will be an honest try to overcome all the obstacles in life and write – with the end goal to become a strong player in the infinite game.
A New Start
As I wrote in my last post, “A New Start“, I have been caught in the glorification of busyness. That has had me straying away, forgetting what’s needed for me to thrive, and being guided by a loud inner voice. With too much to do over a long time, I have become fragmented into too many pieces.
I am on a new journey where the focus is on my inner compass to rediscover my Why to find the balance. A big part of this is to invest my time deliberately, with writing as a central part of the journey. It will help me connect with my voice and inspire me on a more infinite mindset.
To take a step back to review what I’m doing takes courage. But, I know it will give me energy and a clearer vision when I’m looking at things from other angles to gain a new perspective – with an infinitive mindset in mind.
A New Focus
As in life, if you lose your focus, you will, as Bilbo would put it: -“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” restarting my writing with the things closest to my heart makes sense – so there will be two main themes on the blog.
The first is leadership: This will recap and start from a series of blog posts I wrote some time ago about leading as a guide. I still find them relevant – especially in a time where I see authentic leadership scarce. They will lead towards what it takes to dare to be a leader with an infinitive mindset. It will also cover musings and observations from my day-to-day life as CIO.
The second will be about productivity, which has always been an interest. As a leader in a high-performing environment, finding ways to get things done in smarter ways is essential, as it frees up the most valuable asset I have – time. This gives me space to connecting the dots to move my organization forward and myself upwards.
As I sit down in front of the computer to let the inspiration flow and write, it’s like falling into an empty space. The song “Wither” from Dream Theater captures it crystal clear:
Let it out, let it out, fill the empty space
So insecure find the words and let it out
Staring down, staring down, nothing comes to mind
Find the place turn the water into wineJohn Petrucci, Dream Theater
In my next post, I will set three words that will be my focus for the year. This is something I have done before, and I found it helpful. So I will pick the habit up again to have something to guide me along the way. Do you have any guiding words for the year? Welcome to join me on my journey, and feel free to reach out to me and share yours!
[This post was originally posted on Medium, April 13, 2020]