Hold That Thought

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Published about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Don't pin the butterfly

Last week we explored developing your Vision. This week I've been thinking about what it might take to create that. Here are three things on that theme to help turn overthinking into expert thinking:


Your Mission (statement), if you choose to accept it, is the work it takes to create your Vision. I've made another worksheet to help you with exactly that. Download your editable Mission Worksheet (PDF):


Know that not everything you do needs to be part of your Mission, your career, or even your side hustle. Don't pin the butterfly by Anne-Laure Le Cunff


“There’s an ongoing existential crisis, like a big hangover after a good night at the party - when you look back with a headache, what happened yesterday looks no fun anymore, and it’s hard to jump out of bed to go and find yourself an aspirin.”

From Ricardo Brito, a 7-step method for dealing with your existential crisis and finding a new career

Love his process and they’re exactly the areas I work through with people anytime they’re ready to make a big change, too.

Extra thoughts…

You might not be ready to focus on your Mission, and that's fine! That could be for one or two reasons…

  1. Your Vision, e.g., your WHY, isn't clear to you yet, or
  2. There are obstacles in the way, such as immediate work that needs doing, daily demands, personal challenges, or burnout.

Again, it's fine. Recognising why you're where you are can go a long way toward being ok with it.

And sometimes it helps to take a little break. For this week's unthinking link, why not make yourself a proper cup of tea?

That's it for today. I'm away on holiday soon, so there will be no newsletter next Thursday. Keep thinking about your Vision & Mission (or not!) and I'll be back in May to help you put it all into practice.


PS. I'll be off to the place of Popeye, caves, and cats…can you guess where?

PS. If you know somebody who might get value from this newsletter, why not share with them? Forward this email to help them gain more clarity and confidence about what they're doing, too:

You can always visit the newsletter archive for all the worksheets and other free tools. Or browse podcast episodes and read the latest long-form insights​. I even have a page where you can access every Medium article I've written, paywall-free

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do creating and sharing it!

Kim Witten, PhD - Coach & Consultant

Hello! My name is Kim Witten and I’ve spent four decades overthinking absolutely everything. I’ve turned this ability into a super skill to get stuff done and now my mission is to help others do the same. Read more about my journey

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