The end of the day has come, you’re reflecting on how it all went, and you feel like you haven’t done enough. Maybe your business is slow, not picking up as quickly as you would like, or a project is moving along sluggishly. It could be advancing your career is not on track the way you thought it should be by now. Are you worried about doing more or concerned if you are even doing the right things?
Many of you can get wrapped up with objectives, projects and to-dos, and become overwhelmed and under-productive. You might skip taking a break, having lunch, or work through to bedtime in order to get more done. Rather than appreciating what has gotten done, your focus is on the every growing, never ending future of what still needs to get done.
It’s time to step back, slow down, and recognize your greatness.
Get yourself a small nothing notebook for you to write in every evening. This is your Achievement Journal. Success breeds success and a sense of accomplishment comes from appreciating what you have right now. Write down three things that went well; something you have achieved, progress you’ve made or the amazing things in your life. Give yourself credit for showing up today.
Too Busy Does Not Equal Success
Remember that a hectic life does not equal an accomplished one. Life already comes with its own set of chaos; work deadlines, family or friend drama, money, and health all play into keeping you busy enough. Along with that, sometimes you believe that, if you are not busy, you are not productive or successful.
Did you know that many times your best ideas come from down time? Times like while you’re driving, maybe having your hair done, or simply nodding off to sleep. When you carve out time for “hobbies” and down time to unwind, you lower your stress level and you develop a stronger sense of purpose. Begin to put unwinding activities back in your life.
Live the Life You Have
What does it mean when your mind believes you haven’t achieved enough?
Your thoughts are creations and not reality. Why give these images and feelings power? Recognize you are having the thought. “Well that one’s interesting. Time to move on.” Watch your thoughts float by like helium filled balloons and disappear into the clouds. Focus on your breath and be in this moment right now.
You have the power to choose your definition of success. Choose to appreciate today’s achievements and live in the moment. This is a practice of conscious choice and being present in the uniqueness of the moment. Take control, accept responsibility, and be aware that your perspective, response, and results belong to you alone. You know it’s time for even more.
If not now, when?
You don’t have to go there alone.