It’s been a little over a week since we got back from Maine, and I know those two weeks away were a reboot, a much-needed disruption of my routine. I have spent the time since our return offline, re-wiring my connections to my family, my craft, and myself. I am reconnecting to what is important to me (family, wellness, and craft) in a way that is more nurturing (Em, C, and me) which directly correlates to a more peaceful home and more productive writing.
The message of Eric Thomas’ video “Success: How Bad Do You Want It“ continues to speak to me of prioritization, practice, and perseverance…of aligning my life and focus so that every available moment gets me closer to my goals. The reality checks Thomas posits are undeniable, even uncomfortable:
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful….Most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad, you just kind of want it…You won’t be successful until you say ‘I don’t need that money, cause I got it in here [heart]’.”
How am I applying a renewed sense of prioritization, practice, and perseverance? I am working via a daily plan that gets me closer to my short and long-term goals by focusing on my priorities in the time available to me. Here is the key: I don’t have a lot of free time, but the time I do have I could use productively like connecting with Em and C or honing my writing versus non-productively like surfing Facebook, fiddling with the smart phone, engaging in negative self-talk, doing chores that can wait, etc. The non-productive pursuits are ways I procrastinate or, more accurately, avoid connection. I acknowledge that I get in my own way. And, it is taking some growing up on my part to not only nurture connection with myself, Em and C but also to stick with the writing when it seems hard and goes deep into uncomfortable places that need healing. I will share this rebooted daily plan in the coming weeks; it’s implementation is new now and needs some breaking in.
So, about you…What is that you want to achieve and are you aligning your resources (available time, talent, resources, self-talk, and presence) to achieve your goals?
In this motivational video, Eric Thomas shares an inspiring story that converges to the theme of success. Developed by Greyskale Multimedia, the video also features East Carolina RB Giavanni Ruffin reinforcing the message with his workout sessions.