Similar to the themes of finding yourself personally and professionally, choosing a job that’s right for you, and finding your strengths; Sometimes we also need to take a step back and look at the big picture. We get so caught up in the day to day and year to year tasks that we may lose sight of the greater vision of our life. What do we want our whole life to look like? What do we want our careers and family life to look like? What things do we want to achieve and experience? What items are on our bucket list and do we need to make active choices to cross them off? What is your fear holding you back from doing? I recently took part in a twitter chat “#leadfromwithin” with Lolly Daskal @LollyDaskal. The questions brought forward really made you prod your mind and heart to bring to life your true goals, and ultimately think about how to design the life you really want.
Q1 What is the greatest vision you have for your life?
Q2 What are your five top values?
Q3 if you were to write a headline about your life what would it be?
Q4 What would you be doing in your life if you knew you absolutely could not fail?
Q5 what if the most important moment in your life is this one? How will you choose to spend the next one?
Q6 finish this sentence: i feel strong about passing on this lesson____________________
Q7 when was a time when you put your own interest ahead of others? Was it worth it?
Q9 if you had ten times your wealth and ten times your income what would you do?
Q10 what are the most important words you want to communicate.
One answer of mine that I’d like to share is for question six, one lesson to pass on, one that we all know is don’t sweat the small stuff. Things have a way of working themselves out and sleepless nights and frustration solves nothing. To quote a lyric from Bob Marley’s song, Three Little Birds “every little thing is going to be alright”. I think this is something that I have had difficulty with, especially when balancing so many demanding things. I’m learning to just breath and things really do come together as they should.
What are your thoughts on these questions? Anything you would like to share? I look forward to reading your comments!
Beginning the Day in a Frenzy
We all have mornings when we are rushing out the door with our adrenalin already pumping. Where we scarf down our food or reach for that protein bar as we feel we have no time to eat breakfast. Frantically we are reviewing our calendar and putting together our items for the day. We rush out the door and put our 10 different items in the car. We begin driving through traffic in an absolute panic about the Christmas list of activities and “stressors” that await us in the day a head.
This morning was one of those mornings for me. I was so mentally busy it wasn’t until the end of my commute that I thought to turn on the radio. When I flipped it on, (as sort of a last ditch effort to calm myself) I got more than I bargained for. The song “You’re going to miss this” by Trace Adkins came on. The words spoke to me as he talked about a young lady rushing through life and always looking to get to the next stage. She wasn’t stopping to think about and appreciate the current stage she was in.
The Weekly To Do List – just boxes to be ticked?
This hit me instantly as I thought about my week so far, meetings, seminars, courses, family responsibilities, friend commitments, Yoga (which I left halfway through class as I felt I didn’t have time to be there), downtime. The on going to do list. I had rushed my week as I have done for so many other weeks. I have been simply racing to check off the “to do” items. I wasn’t being 100% there during the activities as I was already thinking about the next.
The concept of slowing down. Embrace the “Stressors”.
We all know this philosophy, we’ve heard it before, but for me this morning, it was time to hear it again. I’m going to miss this. I’m going to miss right now being so busy and having a full life. Instead of thinking of my week itinerary as a “checklist” and “stressors”, I need to focus on the positive side and embrace the “stressors” as a part of life.
I have a great job where I’m constantly learning and challenging myself in. I’ve started healthy activities, Yoga and Pilates, that I’m really enjoying. I’m attending industry seminars and events where I’m gaining valuable information and connections. These are things to embrace and motivate us.
A Change of Perspective.
Sometimes a change of perspective is what we need to get us to slow down and appreciate how good we have it in the moment. It’s Thursday today, I have two full days left in the work week. You bet I’ve changed my perspective and I’m going to make the most of these next two days. I hope you can to.