Do you ever have moments, days, weeks or even longer where you realise that the whole idea of ‘a balanced life seems so far beyond your capacity to experience because of extenuating circumstances?
I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog posting of late and that’s because I’ve been juggling conferences and university assignments and the area of my life that’s most important to me… my family.
While I realise I’m not Robinson Caruso in trying to juggle stuff in our lives, what started out as a concern for me, became a wonderful learning experience… the ability to let something go for a while in my life.
My last blog post was January 30th, and, as a regular reader of my posts, (whether that’s via RSS Feed (direct), LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook), you’ll know I aim to post at least 3 times a week with current and thought provoking topics that will help you in your work and person life to discover ways to live an even more happy, flourishing and prosperous life.
As the competing joys of family, conferencing and academia mounted, I started to feel quite guilty (a left over trait from my Catholic upbringing), until I caught my self-talk one morning during an interval training spin-bike workout shouting at me “You’ve got to write a blog post.”
Now you may be thinking if I was committed to the spin-bike session, I oughtn’t have been able to be hearing any self-talk except the continuous iPod countdown of 3…2…1 and then sprinting for 8 seconds followed by the chime to say slow down for 12, then 3…2…1… and on it goes for 20 minutes.
But I digress.
I did in fact hear that self-talk, and at that stage, yep, while still on the bike, giving myself permission to take a break from posting to my blog.
So as I’m writing this, I’m worried that you might be thinking “Why am I telling you this?”
Well, my question to you is what are you not letting go of, that’s eating into your finite conscious space, distracting you from focusing on the important things in your life?
I was asked to comment recently in the media on how to say no without offending someone. Part of my answer focused on the importance of being able to say no to yourself… and realising that if you’re saying yes to thoughts, feelings or actions that are distracting you from living up to your promises you’ve made, trust is at risk – that’s self-trust, trust in others and others trusting in you… all at risk. And when trust is at risk, everything is at risk.
Taking stock of your truth about whether or not you’re living up to your intentional promises, starts with ensuring you’re clear on what your intentions are for the people you impact in all of your life roles.
If you’re struggling with getting intentionally focused in your work or personal life, a great place to start is to review the resources section of this site. Invest in yourself with some time, thought, and even financially, and you’ll be investing in living a more happy, flourishing and prosperous life.