So, three months into the new year. How are you doing? Feel yourself making headway, or have you come to an impasse?
I find my life neither standing still, nor moving a long as quick as I would like. Then again patience has never been my strong suit. It’s the seven-year-old kid in me who keeps annoyingly asking “are we there yet?” And the 27-year-old adult that I am who has to keep answering, “No… not yet. Look out the window and enjoy the view.” …I’m working on it.
Design is my life, and an important aspect of any great design is the plan behind it.
We plan parties, we plan vacations, we research our next cell phone or car with great diligence, but what amount of effort do we really extend to our lives? To the present we are living, and the future that we hope to create? Just as we put effort into the planning of the little things that are apart of our lives, so should we put effort into the big picture of it. It is imperative to deliberately work towards the big picture of our lives just as we would do anything else. We should take things as they come and be flexible, but live with clear intention.
So, you have your Bliss List, your vision board, and your action plan. Now what?
It’s time to take action!
One of the most important steps towards achieving your goals, is actually working towards achieving them. Sounds simple enough, but this is where most people tend to get held back, myself included. There’s something about the first step that is difficult to take. It’s blank canvas syndrome. It’s fear of the unknown. Fear of failure, of making a mistake, of losing something – like control or security, or simply looking foolish. But, it shouldn’t come as a shock that it’s not enough to have lists and plans and a vision of your potential future, you have to actively and regularly work towards realizing all those hopeful goals you’ve created. Further still, it’s not just about starting, it’s about being consistent and continuously putting forth the effort. Getting started is one of the hardest part of any plan, though it goes without saying that it is also the most vital to the success of achieving your goals. There’s nothing sadder than the unpainted painting.