Last year at this time The Suede Sofa began talking about the “Live-It List” – which is sort of like a bucket list, but with the emphasis on living rather than on dying. Well, 2012 is coming to a close and I’ve been working on my “Live-It List” all year long. In January, I started out with a lengthy list of things that I thought were important. Although it felt great to get those items checked off my list, the one thing that my “Live-It List” revealed to me was what is important and worth pursuing and what things are really, well, just a distraction. My list contained “good” things be sure, but good things can steal your focus from the best things. So in 2013 I am going to do things different from what I have ever done before and just pick one. The best one.
Are you focused and going after only the best, or are you like I was in 2012 – all over the place and although accomplishing a lot of things, not really accomplishing anything really significant? This may come as a relief to know that you can streamline your life and eliminate activities that don’t serve your best interests.
What is your purpose? What deserves your focus and attention? Could 2013 be your year to “Pick One”?
Its Week 4 of the six-month challenge towards your dream or goal. How are you doing? Maybe you started out “The Challenge” excited and filled with anticipation and now the excitement has seemed to be all but gone. WhAt NoW?
This week’s focus is to Re-AsSeSs. This is something that we will be doing from time to time during this six-month challenge. That is because although sometimes you start off thinking that your goal is one thing you find out along the way that it is really something else. Take for example the goal of losing weight. Maybe you start off thinking that a certain number on the scale will bring you happiness, but along the way to your goal you realize that the ‘ole number on the scale isn’t what brings happiness, instead it’s the P e A c E you have inside because of the self-control you have developed allowing you to put food in its proper place.
Have you ever been on Google maps and were so close up you couldn’t get your bearings but as soon as you panned out you could see things clearly? When re-assessing your goals, it is necessary to “PaN oUt” and see the big picture. Sometimes we are just too close up to our situation to see things clearly, but when we step back and get some perspective things begin to come in to focus.
As you look at your goal don’t forget to “pan out” and see the big picture. When you do, the map will be much clearer and you will have the AdVaNtAgE oF pErSpEcTiVe.
P.S. Regarding my six-month goal of peace with food, I’m making progress!!! I haven’t done perfectly, but one thing I am learning to do is ditch the “All-Or-Nothing” mindset with an “Adapt and Be Flexible” one. (That’s another post for another day!)