The dog ate my homework…

Back to School. Back to Work. Back to Life.

I hope you had a fantastic Labor Day Holiday (here in the US) last week filled with fun and relaxation. I took the day off here at #HappyShot headquarters because I have been BUSY! August was the month of: busy getting kiddos ready for school, busy going on family trips, busy building my Nerium business, busy binge watching Weeds on Netflix…

And, busy realizing that “BUSY” is bullshit. 

My dear friend, Amy, consistently reminds me that everyone is “busy”. It is just the nature of life. Everyone is busy. Everyone has a million things to do. And, everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day.

Shit. I am not “special”. My busy-ness is not special.

As an only child turned responsible adult, I must confess it is very difficult for me to embrace the fact that I am not special. There are days I want to just curl up on the couch, watch Netflix, eat chocolate chip cookies, and have someone else put in the work to make my dreams come true. But, it is just not going to happen. 

I have big dreams I want to turn into reality and I also have a team of people looking for me to support them as they make their dreams a reality. I love that I have been given the gift to dream big and help others dream big.

The challenge for dreamers is that we often want it all and we want it all RIGHT NOW. 

I have been actively trying to do it all, have it all, be it all for the last 15 years and I am just now learning that sometimes you have to slow down if you want to go fast. (Thank you, Jeff Olson and your lessons in The Slight Edge.)

I began studying the “busy” people in my life and realized there is a difference between “busy” people and “productive” people. The busy people are pinging from task to task like a pinball just trying to survive the day and the productive people pivot with purpose to each task that requires their attention. The former is reactive the latter is proactive.

The proactive role-models in my life have built a habit of planning their day the night before. They choose tasks that align with their core values. They say no to requests that do not move them in the direction of their higher purpose.  They let go of saying, “I don’t have time” and replace it with, “That is just not a priority right now”. They practice patience and live by the philosophy, “I have all the time I need to achieve my goals.”

They choose to get results rather than give excuses.

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School is back in session and “the dog at my homework” just isn’t going to fly if I want to achieve my personal goals by June. Here are the first three steps I am taking this month to have more proactive and peaceful days: 

1. I release the phrases, “I don’t have time” or “I am too busy”.

2. I plan my day the night before.

3. I practice self-care first thing in the morning so that I have the energy to care for others.

What do you want to focus on this month so that you can reach your goals and not have to blame things on that pesky pooch? Tell me on Facebook or Twitter and I will cheer you on!

 
 

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