I love technology and the speed at which new ideas, information and products come to market. That being said, the pace at which we’re living can be overwhelming. For all of our modern conveniences and advances, life still has phases – young adulthood, parenthood, vital middle age, and our senior years. Highpoints such as first love, gaining independence, marriage, dealing with the responsibilities of family finances, etc. have been in place, in one way or another, for centuries. Perhaps one of the key differences is that the schedule stuffing we have made habit and our desire to have the next bright shiny thing that’s being marketed has put ‘taking time to pause and reflect’ on a list of endangered species. .
More specifically – Just a few weeks ago, the calendar turned to a new year. Thousands of us came blazing onto the scene with intentions, resolutions and pronouncements about how we will create new habits, usher in a new era and deliver results.
Now – we’re back in ordinary times – with taxes and bills to pay and Superstorms that create gridlock. Here’s an idea – How about slowing down for a spell, before we get too far ahead of ourselves this year? A critical component of Building a Powerful Vision for Your Life, whether you are seeking improvement in one or two areas or a complete life transformation, is to schedule time for Reflecting and Prioritizing.
I’m going to hazard a guess that as the New Year drew near; most of us did not pause, to map out how we might add the “new” into our already busy lives. We were busy wrapping the up the holiday season and completing projects that had to be finished by December 31st.
Relax! Your intentions are good – they deserve to produce results. Now is a perfect time to blend your resolutions into your schedule. You’ve probably got some energy build up around your intentions and resolutions. One of the best ways that I have found get centered and create a plan is to set aside one chunk of time to get started. The chunk of time can be ½ of a day, or one full day, or one crazy morning when you set your alarm for 3AM. The secret is to steal away for four hours. The 3AM advantage is that it’s a generally non-interrupted bit of time. You can accomplish planning and prioritizing that will pay off all year long. Select a top priority and Set 30-60-90 day goals. A couple of years ago, I recommended a one-day DND (Do not Disturb) Retreat – in town, without travel, with no fee – simply a day away from all distractions. What I’m talking about here is a variation on that theme – for those who feel that they can’t steal away for a day – because of life, family and work commitments. Whichever method you choose – just choose!
Here’s the up-front promotional piece – In the years between the one-day retreat recommendation and today, I’ve developed and published a tool that can help you accomplish your goals. The title is Building A Powerful Vision Planner – A One Year Guide To Creating A Life You Love. I priced it under $20 and I assembled the activities in a manner that you can pick it up, put it down, plan in chunks and celebrate your successes. If you’re like me, you can spend $20 for a lunch, a trip to the movies, heck, even a trip to the drugstore to pick up Q-Tips. You can plan without a planner, but a guided journey will probably yield more results. Go to tessdenton.com and click on products. You’ll find the planner there. End of commercial.
So – back to your time just for you. I think it’s great if you find a friend who will agree to do this activity along with you. You don’t need to be in the same room, but you’ve essentially found an accountability buddy. Someone else who uses the same process you do and can serve as a discussion partner for the ideas and plans you put in place. Debrief with your accountability partner after you’ve each conducted your planning session. Then – mark your calendar for another power session in 90 days. By that time, the days will be longer, and you’ll be ripe for a new round of goal setting, and you’ll need a get-together with your accountability partner. By then, you will have a feel for how well you’ve been able to integrate new ideas into you schedule. At the very least, you’ll know if your plans for your new intentions are taking root, and you’ll have 8 months left in the year for course correction!
That’s it for now! As always, I welcome your comments and make it a great week.
Tess Denton – Destiny Rising