In a time when there are so many demands on our lives, so many responsibilities and so much pressure to meet certain criteria at work and in our personal lives to live up to social idealisms, it’s easy to become addicted to just doing. However, right there, a problem rears it’s ugly head. We need to realise that there is a huge difference between doing and actually achieving.
An example would be someone who chooses a job because society say it’s a good job. It’s a “safe” job. This person might go to that job for years and buy all the things that society says are so important and while they do get a quick bit of significance when they buy the next toy, they feel like rubbish inside. They never express that magnificent potential that resides in all of us. They live the same 85 years over and over because they never discovered what was most important to them.
In order to assist you in examining whether you are just doing, or actually achieving, I have put together this article.
As I have already suggested, the first thing we need to do is to stop! While this time we live in presents so many magnificent opportunities, the fast pace can sweep us off our feet and carry us down stream in the wrong direction quicker than ever before. By allowing ourselves to stop, assess and if necessary, to course correct on at least a weekly basis, we can ensure we stay headed in a direction that will help us experience greater levels of purpose and fulfilment in life.
Once we stop, we can check in with ourselves. Here are some questions for you to consider: How do you feel? Do you feel in control? Do you feel strong, energetic and inspired or full of dread, anxiety and stress about the future? Would you be happy if you were feeling exactly the same as you do now in a years time? Is what you are doing right now causing you to grow so you can give more to others? Do you love what you do? Are you happy where you are right now? Do you feel stuck?
When we can really pinpoint exactly what is working in our lives and be honest enough to admit what isn’t working and eliminate the things that don’t serve us, we take control of our lives. When we can consciously choose to fill our days with actions that lead us closer to creating a life that we want to be living and we can clearly see that everyday, what we do is helping us achieve what we want, we will set ourselves up for a life of success, whatever that is to you.
One of the greatest gifts we can give anyone is the gift of our full attention. In doing so, we show a huge level of respect for that person. We show them we value what they have to say enough to completely focus on whet they are telling us. Of course most of us know this but few people actually practice doing it and even fewer people give themselves the gift of any sort of attention.
Post by Nash Mackey
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