We all get the same 24 hours in a day. Sometimes I wish I had just a few more. I know I am not the only one who feels like they don’t have enough time. Life is so crazy that it hit me last week that the triathlon I signed up for is this Saturday. I know I said after my last one I was going to make sure I was prepared for this one. That didn’t actually happen. I’ve worked out some, but nowhere near enough to adequately prepare for this race. My calendar I have hanging on my wall is seeing a lot more days filled in orange (how I marked missed goals) than blue (how I mark made goals). There are lots of things that I’ve needed to do that I haven’t got to.
I’ve actually started using a planned neglect method. Each day I pick what is the most important thing for me to complete and I intentionally neglect the rest. I’ve had to accept I don’t have enough time to complete everything in one day so I need to pick something and focus on it. Some days I choose to spend it hanging out with my family. Some days I choose to complete some tasks around the house. Some mornings I choose to work out instead of read. Some days I choose to write instead of work out. It is tough because at the end of the day there are still things that are not done.
It’s been tough too because each week when I meet with my Master Mind group I get to talk about how I haven’t met my goals. Those meetings are a lot more fun when I can talk about all the stuff I have done. Yesterday, when we met Heather told me, “I’m just impressed that with everything going on you haven’t given up yet.” I hadn’t really looked at it that way. Sure there were things that weren’t happening, but it wasn’t because I had quit.
Quick side note: Heather is awesome and you should check her out her blog.
So now I’m looking at things in a new way. I’m not giving up. I’m not going to throw in the towel. I am going to show up daily and work on reaching a goal. I may not reach every goal every day and that is OK. I’m not going to let the thoughts of what isn’t happening yet overwhelm me. Rather than that, I’m going to focus on the things that are going right. I’m going to keep plugging away and keep moving forward.
I’ve rumored at big things coming down the pipe and they still are. I’m the kind of person that wants to rush them here and I’m slowly learning how to patiently pursue them. I’ve still got dreams I’m working to turn into a reality. It won’t happen tomorrow but that is alright. I’ll keep making progress and enjoy the ride.
until next time…
Photo courtesy of Hani Amir