This morning, like every morning, I was drinking coffee and reading my devotional when it hit me… the reason it’s so many people get stuck in life and end up settling is because we become so consumed with where we are and how much work we have to do on ourselves, that we can’t see the forest for the trees. I’ll use myself and my life as an example…
I have big dreams. I’m talking enormous, change the world dreams that I don’t ever talk about with anyone besides God because I don’t want anyone else’s opinion, influence, or anything to touch them. Having said that though- this morning I started thinking about all that I have to DO, and all the things I don’t even know HOW to do to but I NEED to do in order to make those dreams a reality… which quickly turned to feeling overwhelmed and a little funky that I’m not further along in chasing those dreams down. Then I started thinking about the little insignificant things (housework & tedious things) that I should get done and began to feel bad and beat myself up thinking “if I can’t even get the little things done, how am I going to chase down the big stuff”?! Oh boo hoo, tear tear, woe is me… NOT. I had to snap myself out of that trap because here’s the deal… those insignificant things that clamor for my attention are tedious things that get me no closer to my dreams! I can beat myself up because I have laundry that needs to be put away, and because I still haven’t organized all the notes on my desk, because my cookbook cabinet will barely close, because I really need to call so & so back, etc, etc… OR I can shake that off, grab a pair of binoculars and focus on where I’m going! If I stayed focused on all the distractions around me 5 or 10 years from now I bet you I’d be in the exact same place. So here’s what I did-
1)wrote down all those little distractions that were dragging me down
2)set aside a specific day/time to get them done
3)take myself and my work to a different room in the house where I can focus and work towards the future for myself and my family.
Sometimes we just have to put on blinders so we don’t get distracted by the day to day tasks that threaten to take up all of our time and energy. Other times we need to get out our binoculars and remember where we’re going, and visualize what we’re working towards. Then there are the times when you gotta whip out those blinders and binoculars at the same time, get serious and get rid of those distractions, visualize your amazing future, and get to work. There are SO many things that have to happen for my dreams to become a reality, and so many of those things I don’t even know how to do yet… but I’m gonna figure it out. It would be incredibly easy for me to say “well I’m only here so I probably won’t make it to there, I probably should’ve done this instead of this” and on and on… but I’m not going to fall into that trap and neither should you!
Close your eyes, envision your future and do something today that moves you closer to it! Don’t fall into the trap of beating yourself up for what you haven’t done or what you need to do better. Just shake off those funky feelings and start doing it better… it really is that simple! Ask yourself, is what I’m doing today taking me closer to where I want to go and to who I want to be? Don’t get down on yourself because of where you are, remember that you can make a change at any time and that the lessons you’ve learned along your path could help somebody else 🙂 Hear this, there is absolutely NO REASON that you can’t have the life you want… as long as you’re willing to do the work.