Do you ever feel like a juggler trying to keep all the balls in the air? Or like you’re running a million miles an hour and STILL not catching up? Me too! This has been a theme in my life…the energizer bunny theme!
I think it started in 7th grade when I decided to save up the money to go visit my cousins in Japan….I worked odd jobs and said YES to everything—even double booked myself accidentally at times. I reached my goal and got to Japan.
Sometimes in life we choose BIG GOALS. BIG BEAUTIFUL AWESOME GOALS. To be a mom and create a beautiful home and raise awesome kids while making great memories. To homeschool and raise your family on your own terms. To run a business or create a non-profit and change the world somehow. To get our graduate degree or a new certification. To get to our ideal weight and be FIT. To have enough money to vacation regularly in our favorite oasis. If you’re like me, you have great goals. And are willing to do what it takes to reach them!
Interesting thing that I’m finding is there are many ways to reach a goal. My MO has always been to do MORE. To work HARDER. It works too! But there is a price that comes with doing more and working harder. It can take a toll on your health, your energy, your relationships, sleep and your adrenals for starters!
When you pay the toll, you get to ask yourself some questions. Are these the right goals for me? Is it worth the price? If yes, is there a better or different way that I can reach my dreams WITHOUT burning out? Can I work SMARTER instead of HARDER?
I’m a big dreamer and do-er. And I’m not giving that up. It’s what gets me up in the morning, gets me excited and makes me feel alive! Because I have big dreams and goals and a whole lotta living left to do, I realize I need to find new ways to do it. Because I want to be full of the energy and vitality that got me started in the first place so I can enjoy life now and when I reach my goals along the way. You too?
I’m reading a fantastic (and convicting) book called Essentialism by Greg McKeown. He makes a pretty strong case for Weniger, Aber Besser. (German for Less, But Better.) He really has me thinking about what’s important and essential, and what is non-essential in my days. My husband has been listening to interviews and exploring the idea of Minimalism. Simplifying what we have and what we do, so we can have more FREEDOM, PEACE and Clarity.
So that’s what’s burbling up for me these days. And it’s exciting. Less, but better. As I take the time to clarify and discern my highest best use of my time and life, I find myself slowing down, calming down. Having more focus, enjoyment and power in how I spend my days. I’m so grateful to have a choice.
Today, if you feel weary, worn out, overwhelmed and spent. If you have big dreams and goals—whatever they may be, I’d like to encourage you. Carve out some time—maybe you can afford a whole, luxurious weekend. Maybe you can only afford 5 minutes! Take that time to slow down, tune in and STOP the merry-go-round for a bit. Listen, gain clarity and choose. It will pay off BIG TIME in the quality of your life, AND in truly reaching your goals and dreams.
- Posted by Dawn Behm
- On March 2, 2017
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