10 Things I Do When I’m Lost

Clint Buelter
6 min readOct 1, 2019
J.R.R. Tolkien Quote

“What absolute crap this is”

When you post online people can say things about your work.

It doesn’t matter. Last week a guy read the same post and messaged me ”I just read your post (How to get started from the bottom) re-read it twice, and then followed you… Thank you very much”

Who is right?

Maybe both of them. I don’t know.

It doesn’t matter, the post was for me. I am writing for when I am lost again.

1 Avoiding

Know the difference between avoidance and being lost. Some days I want to avoid things. I don’t want to sweat, my head hurts from thinking. There are days I don’t want to feel any pain.

2 Preparation

When I am unprepared it’s easy to avoid the things I need to do. A year ago I wrote this “I continue to be defined by my habits.”

When I’m prepared I follow my routines: reading, meditation, eating healthy, etc.

Once a positive habit forms there is less resistance. Discipline equals freedom.

3 Reading

The fastest path for me is reading. I was wrong. I thought only non — fiction was the answer. It doesn’t matter what you read, so long as you read something.

Find a book, a chapter… just one page and read it. This can start the wheels again. Other things can happen once the wheels are turning. The trick is to get them moving again.

I read six to ten different books at once, don’t read a book you aren’t interested in. Pick the one you are most interested in and start reading.

4 Listen

Today reading feels like too much work. I’m an auditory person, reading isn’t always the path of least resistance for me. I can always listen.

What should I listen to?

Some uptempo music? Maybe some comedy, listening to comedy changes my entire frame, I start to play in my head. Later I find myself laughing at the jokes and repeating them to friends, I laugh and sometimes they do too.

Once this is all over I hope people will remember the fun times we had. The time I made them laugh by doing something funny.