Continuing the theme of beginnings, I was working through one of my books and I found a quote: “Focus not on doing less or doing more but on doing what you value” Gretchen Rubin. I feel like this is a good time to reiterate that we need to take a pause from how things have always been and look at what we are trying to accomplish. We have a tendency to feel like we always need to be in motion, doing something. That makes us get lost in activity, not productivity. Anyone can run in circles but that doesn’t get them any further. How far we go means nothing if we are going in the wrong direction. And if it’s not something you value, it’s going to feel like wasted time regardless because the end result isn’t something you have value in. The key is to take purposeful and meaningful steps.
As we are entering the second full week of the new year, now is the time to take a few moments and consider where you want to go. Not with the pressure of it being a new year, not even with the pressure of finding the right “word for the year.” But a well considered look at where you want to go with your life and the steps you need to take to get there.
This is also the point of recognizing what is good for you. There is no competition between anyone and there is no track you “should” follow—this is about letting down your guard and digging deep. Pausing on everything you are rushing to complete and prove and looking at the person you want to be.
I’m the kind of person who gets distracted easily because I start a million things at once—I really struggle to stay in the moment even when I’m putting in a conscious effort. I find myself back on that track that has been so engrained in my mind and it takes real effort to pull myself back to where I need to—heading in my direction. Sometimes it’s lonely because you have to blaze trails alone at certain points. It’s also scary because sometimes you have no clue what’s coming next. Having massive faith is key because that is what keeps you moving, one foot in front of the other. And I’m working on solidifying that faith as well.
I have a strong conviction that synchronicity is real, that the universe speaks to us, that there is a divine plan/order to things, and that we are ABLE and MEANT to find that flow to fulfill our purpose. I am guilty of falling off the faith train and throwing tantrums when things don’t seem to be going my way because I always try to do what is right. But I never deny that order when synchronicity shows itself to me again and to recognize that we are always given second chances to reconnect. That is my faith.
Knowing that we have the ability to connect and find our individual purpose means that we can choose purposeful action at any time. It’s a matter of waking up and deciding what is valuable to you. Take yourself off of the activity train and make the choice to take actions that are right for you. So what steps are you going to take?