Living in the real world

    We need to stretch to reach our goals ...We need to stretch to reach our goals …

Do you find that life can get in the way of living?

I have recently. Looking back, I find I haven’t posted in nearly three months. I had set myself a weekly target.

Writing is one of my key priorities. But how can it be when I haven’t written a word in months? In this case, there’s an important distinction to be made: between the priorities I set for myself and the priorities others set for me.

We all have things we need to do. Work, family and social engagements can drive our actions, and it’s important to meet our obligations.

This is how many people live their lives and are happy doing it. But to make a difference we need to do more. The key to success is finding some physical and mental space to follow our dreams.

Unfortunately these can be like dessert; we get to it when the rest of the meal is finished. And sometimes we just don’t feel like it. I find it difficult to be creative when work pressure goes into the red. This malaise comes in two parts; the physical space of time and being too tired, and the mental space of lacking a clear mind and creative outlook.

For the last few months I’ve had plenty of both. I’ve travelled the country, attended a conference in California, visited a trade show in Germany and had meetings in France, Belgium, Fiji and New Zealand. I’ve run a week-long conference for customers and welcomed my second grandson into the world.

It’s been a busy time, but I could have found 20 minutes a day to write … on a plane, in a hotel, when I arrived at work early, or even late at night back at home. But it didn’t happen.

It’s about priorities and I’ve had mine around the wrong way. So now I’ll get refocused and back to it. I’ll enjoy the satisfaction of working towards my goals, and my actions will ultimately make me better at everything else I do.

How about you? Have your dreams slipped?

 

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2 Responses to “Living in the real world”

  1. adamnrave Says:

    You’re a go-getter, WLBB. Nicely put that it’s always possible to find the time. Thanks!

  2. paulhassing Says:

    I dreamt of regular posts from you, WLB2. I thought that dream had been destroyed. I do hope you prove me wrong.

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