Getting things done with a Clear Purpose
Spring is fully here, flowers, sunshine, occasional spring rains to keep everything blooming and more sun! This is a great time of the year for allowing your imagination to blossom and start creating a daily life that is interesting and exciting to you. Allowing ourselves to be curious about our own lives requires us to keep dreaming, challenge what’s established and not be afraid of dreaming big.
I asked my friend and international coach Silvia Christmann how she does it for herself and her clients. Like I suspected her answers were unconventional, fresh and reflecting an holistic approach to life and work.
“I map out on a regular basis WHAT exactly I want to LEARN, EXPERIENCE, GAIN, and CREATE. Then I evaluate WHY I want to do these things.
I look at the time I need to invest, the money I will need to pull it off, and the energy it will take to put into it. This gives me clarity to gauge if it’s in proportion with the ROI, the value it will bring to my life, the potential for personal growth, and the lifestyle I desire to have.
Lastly, I take each and ask myself these five basic questions:
- What do I already have to make this happen?
- What do I need for this to happen?
- Who do I know who can help me make this happen?
- What can I learn along the way?
- And how do I feel about it?
If by any chance at the end of this I no longer feel excited about it, I let myself off the hook and look for other opportunities.
Anything that’s inspired and audacious depends on you being able to spark the necessary human drive to get you there. It may push and test you. Expect to be challenged.
That’s why I want you to choose what you want to do wisely. Make sure you pick the opportunities you can love even on the worst days.”
“Here are my favorite 10 practices I use to map out a life I love, filled with joy, gratitude, and excitement.
- Let your imagination run wild. What would you do if you had nothing to lose? Allow yourself to exercise your delusions of grandeur, deepest desires, and wildest dreams.
- Start with the easy, fun, and most unrealistic stuff. Do the stuff that elevates your spirit and excites your body and soul. Do what energizes and jumpstarts your drive. Do the stuff that blows your mind!
- Become a master of time. Well, maybe not a master but understand how scheduling and timing matter. Schedule your commitments, fun activities, experiences, and things you want to create. Manage your time and energy without getting rigid. Fluid, flexible – fun.
- Develop some discipline. It’ll free up your time. You will develop a sense of clarity and new level of freedom. Your life should feel like it’s your choice! Create frameworks and triggers that help you get to where you want to go.
- Learn how to say ‘yes’ without resentment and ‘no’ without regret. If you know who you are and how you want to show up in this world, then this should become easier over time. Don’t sacrifice your plans out of a false sense of obligations.
- Know your Modus Operandi. Understand your strengths and build on that, then go find fun ways around your weakness. No need to avoid them. There are plenty of alternative routes. Get creative. It’s an opportunity to learn something new.
- Keep a positive mental attitude. Be playful and infuse activities you dread with fun. You are supposed to enjoy life. Otherwise, why are you doing it? For whom? Remember, it is unlikely that you will create anything of real value if you loathe the process.
- Practice gratitude EVERYDAY. A quick list of 5 items in the morning that make you feel grateful will suffice. I know we hear this all the time and it seems so simple. That’s because it is. Just do it! See what happens.
- Have integrity. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Make sure your actions are aligned with who you want to be. Life is easier when you learn how to clearly communicate. No need to make excuses. Everyone knows you are lying anyway.
- Keep good company. Build relationships with like-minded lovers of life. People who want to do and experience life to it’s fullest. Nurture relationships with whom you share joy. Invest in people who elevate you. And set healthy boundaries around those who feel they weigh you down or distract you. It’s ok to love people from a distance.”
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