2015 intentions, failed New Year's resolutions, intention setting, New Year's resolutions, practicing intention, releasing old habits, releasing what no longer works, shifting priorities, the power of intention, the process of becoming great, using discernment, using mindfulness
With the Seattle Seahawks’ roll to the Super Bowl, I’ve been doing some serious sports watching. Ford has a new set of commercials with an interesting slogan: Go Further. Like our January series, Deft, it got me thinking. What if the key to 2015 is going further by making small priority changes?
Angie had started her coaching practice with high hopes, but she was deflated when we talked. Her day job was keeping her busy, but cold calls to potential clients were going unreturned.
“Angie, why don’t you take a week off and clear your mind?” I suggested.
“Are you kidding? I’m running as fast as I can. How can I take time off?” she complained.
“Could that be the problem? Maybe you’ve put too much pressure on yourself to have a full slate of coaching clients. What if you just started over?”
She frowned. “Start over! But I’m so confident about this path. I know I can make it work. Why would I want to start over?” she objected.
“I don’t mean scrap the business, just look at it with a fresh eye,” I said. “How’s your website redesign going?” I asked.
“I’m still working on the welcome page text. I have articles I want the webmaster to post, but I haven’t sent them to her yet,” she said with exasperation.
“And what ever happened to the client workbook you were going to send me? That sounded great!” I said.
“I still have the outline I started a few months ago. I just need to write it up,” Angie replied.
Angie had a blind spot. In her rush to get to a flourishing business, she had leapfrogged several essential steps. The answer was to deftly shift to Blake Griffin’s advice to “fall in love with the process of becoming great.”
Once she took a step back, Angie realized she had stopped doing what she loved most. Her process of becoming great included joyful content and passionate coaching, even if her active client list was small. Spending all her time chasing cash was making her miserable.
Angie began to set regular weekend office hours. After she focused on what she loved, working on her business became a pleasure, even if she didn’t have clients booked that day.
Recently someone suggested reordering your 2015 goals daily, but that sounds exhausting. Instead, try a simple 2-step process to go further: (1) let limiting beliefs and habits stay in 2014; and (2) begin investing in what delights you. You may need to set your DVR for American Idol, but boom! Two hours will suddenly be back in your week for your dreams, not someone else’s.
As Earl Nightingale encourages, “We are at our best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.”