Day 3 of #23to30: Don’t half-ass anything, and be clear about what’s important to you.
I’m perpetually working to keep up the juggling act that is my life; trying not to let anything drop and to give all of my jobs and commitments (to othes and myself) the attention they demand. When I choose new ventures, my goal is not only for it to be successful, but more importantly, fulfilling. I learned a long time ago that I have to passionate about what I’m doing to be effective in it, and my success unfailingly runs in direct proportion to how connected I feel to the work content, the people, and the overall balance I’m able to keep across my life. The last thing I want is to waste my time and energy giving marginal effort to something I’m not connected to, or don’t have enough time to give to.
This year has been a big year for really setting priorities, digging in deeper to the things/places where I find value, making room for what’s coming next, and becoming clear on what I for any degree of life-balance. For me it’s work and life. Outside of the connection to my work, I need the structure and balance of a eating good clean food, being physically active – ranging from the most intense sweats to childs pose – and a little time once in a while to be no where in particular.
- What’s important?
- What is a fundamental need to be happy?
- Where do you want to be?
- What people and passions fall within the first concentric circle of your life?
I ask myself these questions to help me figure out whether something is important enough to say yes to, or whether it will end up compromising the balance in my life. While the system isn’t fool proof, and some bouts of passion are just momentary, it does help me to stay a little more focused than I normally would on what I have available for myself, and anyone else.
So after many, many, failed attempts to do and be everything, here’s what I’ve learned to be the most important: know your passion, set your own path, and always, always, go full-ass towards your goals (it’s just a metaphor, mom).