I hear from so many good and smart people say that it’s hard to “get it all done.” There’s the job, the kids, the spouse, partner, significant other, the desire to workout, the desire to do everything well, the pressure of it all…I often hear that these wonderful folks feel like life is kicking them in the butt, and I totally get it.
It’s funny, but because I am a coach, some people think I’ll be able to tell them how to do things differently and “fix” this all-too-common problem of the human condition. If only I could!
What I can do (and love doing) is help us remember a few things that, when done regularly, help us stay on a life-path that feels more like home to us and away from the rat-race that feels more like hell.
Suggestions for why we feel like life is kicking us in the butt and what to do about it:
We forget to stop and smell the roses as we’re so busy “doing” all that’s in our lives.
Let’s commit to taking more whiffs of things that bring a smile to our hearts and faces. (We’ll have to slow down to do this one!)
We forget to notice and connect with the people we share our daily lives with, the very people who have deeply touched our lives.
Let’s commit to touching more and making time for real connection with the people who make us feel alive. (Well look at that, we’ll have to slow down to do this one too!)
We forget that life is finite.
Let’s commit to getting more urgent in our pursuit of whatever we know will make us happy and fill us with a sense of purpose. (Hmm, two things: if you don’t know what will make you happy and on-purpose, slowing down and listening to your heart is the ticket on this one; but if you do know and you are not doing it, go! Go now and begin doing it!)
The great Civil Rights leader Howard Thurman’s quote has always been a favorite of mine and if there is ONE THING that will make a huge difference in your life, it’s captured in his words.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
What you do next matters…