Do you have productive conversations with yourself?
September 10, 2019

The other day I tossed off a quick eMail to someone who’s usually quick to reply.

I got nothing.

I was tempted to bash myself for not reading my audience accurately. Translation: I kept having to bat that thought away over the next couple of days.

I’d shared a few things we update each other on every now and then. And then, on a whim, I threw in a quick aside about another project.

In the “not everything is about me (and in fact very few things are)” department, it still wasn’t outside the realm of possibility my new project idea had landed with a thud. My friend’s of that world, after all.

Now what?

I remembered she had zero context for the idea. I realized nothing in the way of her (perceived) lack of interest would dissuade me from it. Most of all I renewed my commitment to spend much less time talking about the idea and much more time executing it. See! I got something out of the exchange after all, one-sided though it was.

That was either one heck of an efficient conversation or one colossal rationalization. Whatever it was, it helped me stop worrying I’d embarrassed myself.

How do you move on?