“Some people dream of worthy accomplishments while others stay awake and do them.”
Years ago I had a calendar full of motivational sayings. You know the kind that has an image of some extreme sport or something awe inspiring, and then a saying for Determination, or Goals, or whatever. I got rid of the calendar at the end of the year, but I kept one page from it. The page for EFFORT, and it has the above quote on it. That calendar page is pinned to my cork board and directly in front of me when I sit at my desk. Sounds motivational, right? But sometimes it’s hard to see what’s right in front of you.
It’s May 1st today, and, as usual, I’ve set myself some goals for this month. The difference? I’m seeing what’s in front of me.
What am I seeing?
Hard work- I have three main goals, none of them easy. I have a book to write, weight to lose, and bad habits to quit. SOunds like every day life, right? That’s because it is. But in all honesty, I’ve been slacking for a while. a long while. I kept saying I’m going to lose weight. I keep saying I’m going to write (and I do,but they’ve been short stories, not novels) I keep quitting my bad habits, but they keep coming back. (Damn that Diet Dr.Pepper. It will just not leave me alone!)
So what’s going to be different this month than every other time I’ve tried to do these things? Me. I’m tired of myself. I’m tired of my own excuses. It’s time tho admit that trying to d things the smart way, (tackle on issue at a time) is like plotting for me. No weather how much I want to do it, no matter that I know in my mind it would make life easier to do things that way…it just does not work for me.
Someone told me earlier this month to embrace my chaos. Stop trying to rein it in, and just go with it. Use it…and it got me thinking. You know what I think? I like it.
One of the keys to success in anything you do, no matter what your career, what you r dreams, what your goals..is knowing your weaknesses so you can compensate for them. Another of the keys to success…knowing your strengths, so you can use them.
Being able to work well under pressure or amidst chaos has always been a strength of mine. For a while there eI thought I needed that to work well, but I’ve proven I don’t. I can work without the pressure, without the chaos…I don’t need it. But it is time to admit I like it. I work better when I stop trying to do the things they way they should be done, and just do them the way I want to…which is pretty much anyway I can.
Does any of this make sense?
Here’s an example. For the last year or so I’ve been trying to seriously turn around my night owl habits. I’ve been getting up every morning (almost) between 9 and 10 am, and sitting at my computer and forcing myself to work. I know this sounds pretty easy going to most people, but you have to understand I’ve been a night shift worker for over 20 years. For more than 20 years, I never went to bed before 3:30 in the morning without being sick. Getting up at 10 was normal, though. I’ve thought that if I could go to bed before 2, I’d be able to get up earlier, work all day like a normal person, and have my nights for moves, reading, friends…. ANd I can do that, but it hasn’t given me at my best. I hate mornings. I can’t focus and it’s time to accept that while I can work, and get things done that way, I can get a hell of a lot more done, and done better, if I stick with what works for me. I’m a night owl, my creative brain , hell my brain period, works better after I’ve been awake for at least 6 or 7 hours. So, I’m not longer going to feel guilty if I get up, and start reading a book before I do anything else for the day. Even if that means staying up until 4 AM to hit my works count goal.
So my motto for this month…Embrace the chaos, and get it done.
Now tell me…do you have a personal motto? If not, think about it. *g* If you do…What is it? Share with me, please.