The girls and I got out for a quick trail run on the Kenai Nature Trail yesterday after I got off work. It was overcast and looking like rain/snow for the most part, but we did enjoy a beautiful view of the Sapphire Mountains to the east.
What are you dreaming of? Are you taking action towards it? If not, you should be.
Reaching our dreams and goals in life is kind of like hiking to a sought after mountain peak or lake or some other beautiful destination. To get there, it helps to be on the right path. When we find we have somehow gotten on the wrong path, we need to find our way back to the right one. When we are on the right path, no matter how hard things might be at times, we need to press on and not give up. The right path is not always easy, but it will lead us to where we want to be.
Is your to-do list helping you or hurting you? If your to-do list is helping you, that's great. But if you are like a lot of people in this day and age, and your to-do list is weighing you down and making you feel like a failure, I've got some ideas for you to try.
1. Keep your list short and to the point. I have a longer to-do list so I don't forget things. But when I am feeling overwhelmed with it all, I make a separate to-do list of my 3 priorities for the day. It looks much more doable, and I get the important things done. If I accomplish those, then I can see what else I want to get done on my bigger list.
2. Create a have-to list and a want-to list. Make an agreement with yourself, that after you do something on your have-to list, you can then pick something to do on your want-to list. This also ensures that your want-to things don't get left out of your life while waiting for your to-do list to get finished first. We all know that won't happen.
3. Aside from critical things, stop focusing on an overbearing to-do list and make a daily or weekly "done" list instead. When I'm not getting much done on my to-do list, I can start to feel like a failure. I ask myself, "What did I do today?" Then I start to review my day and discover I actually did quite a bit overall, just not things on my list. That's when it's time for a done list. Keep track of what you do. It will make you feel better at the end of the day, and you will likely become more motivated to get more things done to grow that list. And you will effectually start getting things done off of your to-do list.
4. Sometimes no matter how well we plan and how motivated we might be to accomplish things, life happens and gets in the way. Some days you just have to throw the list out the window and ride through the roller coaster, doing what you can and not worrying about what you can't for the time being. We simply can't do everything.
5. Finally, recognize that a to-do list is ongoing. It is never finished, because as we cross things off, we keep adding more. It's not about finishing the list. It's about taking care of the things that need to get done, and making progress on other things that are important to us.
I hope that you will find a way to be master of your lists, and not let your lists be master of you. I have found it's a continuing work in progress, so I use different strategies as needed. When something is working, stick with it. When it's not, try something else. :)
The "I have to" things have a way of filling our time if we let them. We need to take time for our "I want to" things, too. :)
Changes to my blog are in the works. I'm currently in a transition and am moving my fitness related posts to a whole new website dedicated to my fitness coaching. This blog will become focused on my mountain adventures and photography. The complete transition won't happen overnight, but will be a work in progress for a bit. I've got a lot more to come for both, so be sure to follow along. I'll post a link to my new fitness website soon. :)
Wish things were different? Want to improve and grow?
Do you want to see some kind of change in your life?
Stop being comfortable and do the hard things.
Stop doing the minimum and go the extra mile.
There's no easy way around it; you've got to go through it.
But you can do it, if you want to. And yes, it's worth it. :)
explore. dream. discover.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." --Mark Twain
All of my fitness related posts will soon be moved to my new website that will be dedicated to my fitness + weight loss coaching.
"In the gym or out on the trail, Nikki adjusts her personal training to fit you as an individual. She always goes at your pace and does not insist that you conform to her way of doing things. So if you’re looking for a personal trainer who truly works with you as an individual and who provides gentle support and a great sense of humor along the way to achieving your fitness goals, you could not find a better guide in your journey than Nikki Weiss."
-- Dana H., Florence, MT