Founder's Thoughts: How I Keep Moving Forward During Times of Confusion


by Edwin Broni-Mensah July 04, 2017

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I am about to break-through!! As a CEO, founder, leader, etc., it’s often expected of you to know everything with absolute certainty all the time — or to at least give an air that you’ve got it all figured out. But that’s just a romanticized viewpoint. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been in a state of confusion, unsure of what it is exactly that I need to do next. This state has been quite frustrating because I wasn’t making decisions regarding the future direction of our company “fast enough.” 

During this state of confusion, I stumbled on an old passage I read many years ago from David Deida, which read: ”A man must be prepared to give 100% to his purpose, fulfill his karma or dissolve it, and then let go of that specific form of living. He must be capable of not knowing what to do with his life, entering a period of unknowingness and waiting for a vision or a new form of purpose to emerge. These cycles of strong specific action followed by periods of not knowing what the hell is going on are natural for a man who is shedding layers of karma in his relaxation into truth.“

After reading it several times, I’m now certain that a breakthrough in thinking is on the horizon, and I’m excited! Now, I feel like my old beliefs/visions are coming out of alignment with my current desires —my brain is shedding old ideas and searching for something different. This small change in my thinking means I can stop beating myself up for not having all of the answers right away, and simply appreciate the process and phase of discovery.

There will always be periods where the next step isn’t always obvious, especially when growing a business/doing something meaningful. I will continue to adopt this mindset and refrain from self-degradation in times of uncertainty. So, I am eager to go through this period and emerge again an even better version of myself — like a caterpillar in a cocoon that’s about to turn into a butterfly. 

How do you manage times when you’re confused or uncertain?




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