I find it interesting that even though we all have plans and dreams and goals we want to accomplish, we often live our lives as if we have all the time in the world. And it's only when we're reminded of our own mortality that we realize perhaps we should actually start getting things done. I don't know about you, and what you've been putting off, but I realized today that I haven't updated this website blog in over 5 months. I would like to update at least once every few weeks and yet it's been 5 months.
I could go into a long explanation and justification about how "busy I've been" and how my life is "complicated" and how I've been meaning to "get it done," but the truth is, it's just one of those things that has slipped through the cracks. I believe the key to accomplishing our goals seems to be making ourselves clear on our priorities and then taking action. For example, if I knew that I would lose $ 5,000 for every day I was late updating this blog, you can be well-assured that I would have updated this blog long before now.
That's why priorities are so important. What have you not been accomplishing in your own life that you've wanted to do? What is sitting on your back burner that is something you'll feel better getting done? Wouldn't it be great to be able to buckle down and get your stuff done and off your list? Well, it seems to me that the first step is organization. Figure out what you want to accomplish and make a list. The next step is creating priorities. And once you've prioritized your goals, then a schedule of what hour/day/week you are going accomplish them would be next.
And then the last step is just doing it. Taking action may be the hardest step to actually begin, but it's also the step that is filled with the most pride and sense of accomplishment when it's been done. And it's not that hard to get started. All it takes is a little determination and a little self-motivation -- and you'll be surprised at how much more empowered you feel. I know I do!
David Schwartz, M.S., LMFT
David brings a wealth of life experience to his therapy practice. In addition to his therapy training, David has been a self-motivated entrepreneur for over 20 years, as well as working as a producer in the television industry.
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