Last Monday, I announced to our email subscribers that we'll be launching our interview series with world changers next week. I couldn't keep my excitement because, finally, the blog will give readers actionable steps to live the lives they want.
By the way, if you are a world changer living the life you want and making a difference in the world at the same time, you can nominate yourself and share your inspiring story here.
But yesterday, I realized that I had to postpone the launch of the interview series until the first week of November. I realized that I need one full week to prepare for the launch. At first, I felt pretty disappointed. After all, I already announced the launch to my subscribers. But after a short while, I felt so much better. I felt free from the burden of launching something half-baked.
Well, there are three lessons I learned from this experience:
1. People usually don't mind delays...if you have a clear plan to make the delay worthwhile
When I told some of the world changers I sent the interview questionnaire to that I will be postponing the launch for a week, they didn't really mind. In fact, they were even very supportive of the delay. Why? Because I had a plan to make the launch even better and I gave them a summary of my launch plan. I communicated with them clearly.
Don't worry about other people getting disappointed if you have a clear plan to make your project better. But if you don't have a plan to make it better, I suggest you don't push through with the postponement. There should always be added value in everything you do. Even delays.
2. Delays allow you to see things in a different light
When you postpone a project, it allows you to take a step back and look at the project in a different perspective. Yesterday, I was dead set on launching an "Interview Series." But after announcing the postponement, I realized that I'm not just launching a new series on the blog. I will be giving readers "Role Models" they can follow in living the lives they want and making a difference in the world. From being a mere "project," the interview series became a life changer.
When you're feeling rushed, lost, or confused, maybe all you need to do is to take a step back - even if it means delaying your project, or your dreams, a little bit. After all, the delay will lead to something bigger and better.
3. Delays can take unnecessary burdens off your life
During the past few weeks, I was really stressed out by the interview series because I had to rush a lot of things - creating the interview questionnaire, contacting the world changers to interview, making a launch plan, and so on. But yesterday, I realized that the thing causing me stress wasn't really the interview series, but rushing to complete it.
Most of the time, the things that cause us stress aren't real problems at all. They are things we create in our minds that cause us unnecessary stresses such as our need to succeed quickly and self-imposed responsibilities.
When you're feeling stressed, try delaying what you're supposed to finish. Then, assess what's causing you stress. Is it really the project or the unnecessary burden of finishing it quickly?
Well, that's it. Those are the three lessons I learned from delaying a project. If you have other lessons you wish to share, write them in the comments below.
Lastly, the reason I wrote this post is to really just to excuse myself from launching the interview series next week. Just kidding! Watch out for our interview series with world changers starting on November 6! You'll learn how to finally live the life you want and make a difference in the world at the same time!
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