Life can be so demanding. Everything seems pressing and has to be done now. In the busyness of living it is so easy to lose sight of what really matters. It happens subtly, each day some new task gets added to the already burgeoning To Do List. Before you realize what’s happening you are going through life doing everything but “the thing” that really matters to you.
In the midst of it all I just want to take a minute and remind you to never lose focus of your purpose, your mission, your goal, your “main thing”. In the words of Stephen R. Covey “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”
How are you keeping the main thing the main thing?
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West appear on the April cover of Vogue magazine . Why do I care? Kim wanted to be a supermodel but is limited by her height and curves. Despite not having the facility of a traditional supermodel Kim did not lose sight of her love of fashion or her desire to be on the cover of Vogue magazine.
Kim on the cover of Vogue reminds me to think outside the box, to chase after what I want until what I want realizes that it wants me too. Never give up on your dream. Thank you Kim for a great life lesson.
Has this ever happened to you? A friend gets a new car, let’s say a Porsche Cayenne. You didn’t know what a Cayenne looked like until you saw your friend’s car. What happens next? You start noticing Cayenne’s several times a day. Why are these cars suddenly showing up? They’re not! They’ve always been there but, thanks to your friend, you have just become aware of them.
Taking the time to clarify what you want in life opens the door to opportunity. Once you know what you want your eyes open and you become aware of opportunities that have always been there but you never noticed them before.
What opportunities are you missing because you won’t take the time to get clear about what you want out of life?
I’m not Catholic but there’s something about Lent that makes me pause and assess where I am in my life. Reflection is good. It provides an opportunity to see what’s working, what’s not working, what never got started (argh!), and what can be improved on.
If things are awry it’s a good time to make a commitment to getting back on track. My big goal for 2014 was to be more consistent in my endeavours. For Lent I am making some personal sacrifices to make sure that my actions are consistent with what I need to do to accomplish my personal, spiritual, physical, financial, and social goals.
Assess where you are today in light of the aspirations you have for your life. What’s working or not working? What can you do to get back on track? Share what you’re doing so that I can cheer you on.
Are you excited about the things that you have written down in the activities from Part 1 and Part 2? What did you experience when you saw on paper what is possible for you? Were you energized? Are you excited about bringing some of the items on your list to fruition? Maybe you had the opposite experience. For some of you seeing that list of possibilities actually made you feel awful. Instead of focusing on what’s possible you focused on the likelihood of accomplishing your goals and became discouraged. Whether the exercises left you energized or discouraged I’m excited for you!
I’m excited for you because you are in a very good position to make things happen. You are poised for change and that’s an exciting place to be at anytime in life.
This next exercise that I want you to complete requires honesty on your part. There are no judgments. I want you to take a deep breath in, slowly exhale, do it again, deep breath in, slowly exhale. I would like for you to be very honest with yourself and answer this question from the eyes of your present self. Not the person you were in the past, not the person you aspire to be. Answer this question as the person you are right now at this very moment. “Are you ready to change your life?”
Wow! We’ll talk more about that tomorrow. Until then please share any insights you have gained from the big question by posting a reply.
Yesterday I challenged you to write out 100 goals for your life (Part 1). I hope that you have started on your list and that you are excited about things to come. Remember to dream big as you write your goals.
Now that you have your list of 100 goals I want you to identify at least 15 of them that you want to accomplish this year. Doing this will keep your goals in your subconscious mind. You will find yourself thinking of your goals and how to accomplish them often. You will also notice activities, items, or opportunities related to your goals showing up as you go about your everyday life.
One item that I have on my list for this year is to go on a yacht cruise. Guess what I saw while on facebook yesterday? A sponsored post for a luxury yacht company. Can you believe that? The same will happen for you once you get your goals and dreams from your mind to paper.
Alright, you have your list of 100 goals and you’ve identified 15 that you want to accomplish for this year. I hope you’re getting excited about what’s to come. Check back on Monday for another life changing tip.
I would love for you to share in the comments below which goal you are most excited about for this year.
The truth is we can collect information, plan, strategize, think about starting but nothing happens until we actually start. What are you waiting on? Get started on something that will change your life for the better today! I’d love for you to share what you ARE going to start today.
Are you going though the motions of day to day life? Are you finding it harder to engage in your life? This video is for you. It’s time to break free from mediocre living and break free to the life that you want. Don’t wait another moment. Start “living” today! Click on the link and watch the Break Free video youtu.be/rjSXBjWpZx0