knitting in the dark
On the weekend I bought a ball of yarn. It was a totally random purchase.
I’d gone to the store for clothes hangers and garbage bags (it’s time to clean out closets.)
When I was walking to the front to pay, I saw a yarn display in the middle aisle.
And that’s when I saw this beautiful ball of yarn – variegated – white, light gray, dark gray, pink, and red in colour.
Without thinking too much about it, I put it into my basket and cashed out.
I got home, found a pair of knitting needles, and cast on 30 stitches.
And started knitting.
I had no idea what I was making. I don’t have a pattern. I just started to knit.
Basically, I’m knitting with no clear picture of what the outcome will be. I’m knitting for the sake of knitting.
Because the yarn was pretty.
And I wanted to see what it would look like transformed into some sort of project.
Last night, I grabbed it as I got into bed.
And just as I slipped the needle into the first loop, my husband turned out his light – the only light on in the room aside from the light of his iPad.
He didn’t notice what I was doing.
Now of course I could have asked him to turn his light back on. Or I could have turned my bedside light on.
But instead, I decided to just finish the row (it was only 29 stitches after all.)
Knitting in the dark is an interesting experience.
You need to feel your way through the process. And you need to take a chance.
You take the chance that you’ll put the needle through the second instead of the first one, and end up with one less stitch.
You take the chance that you won’t actually wrap the wool around the needle and pull it through, leaving a weird mark in the row.
And, you take the chance that you’ll pull a second stitch off with the stitch you’re moving over to the other side, leaving a little hole as evidence.
Knitting in the dark is a bit of a gamble.
There’s no guarantee you won’t have to rip it out and start all over again when you look at it in the morning light.
I was willing to take the chance because it was only one row.
And knitting without a pattern or a sense of what you’re making?
Well, let’s be honest. In the end, you get what you get. (And you don’t get upset.)
Here’s the thing. The ball of yarn cost me $6. I don’t have much to lose in this venture – even if it doesn’t turn into anything beautiful.
I find the process meditative, so I’m okay if it doesn’t turn into something useful.
Really. Would it even matter if I didn’t finish it (whatever “it” is?)
Such is not the case in your business.
Not where your time, money and energy are concerned.
You can’t afford to fumble around in the dark, get distracted, and not finish projects you start.
In other words, you need to keep an eye out for your Visionary Alter-Ego(s.)
can you spot the visionary alter-egos?
As you go about your business, it’s important to recognize when your Visionary Alter-Ego shows up. Do you know the signs?
Let’s play a little game to practice!
Can you spot the Alter-Egos in the story I just shared?
I can see three. How about you?
To find out more about YOUR Visionary Alter-Ego, take this quiz. You’ll also receive a copy of The Guide to Understanding Your Visionary Alter-Ego.
Have you met your Visionary Alter-Ego?
Once you meet your Visionary Alter-Ego, you’ll have a whole new understanding of WHAT’S holding you back in your business. And then you can start leveraging its power. Who will yours be?