Welcome back Dear Readers,
Hiring a life coach is one of the best things I've ever done. Since I started working with Ashley, I've returned to kickboxing, I started working in earnest on my book, I'm finally making time for marketing, and my desk is (mostly) clean. I still have a long way to go, but I'm making more progress than I have in a long time.
Part of my last homework assignment was to answer three questions. I found my answers to be surprising and very illuminating. I think you might benefit from them as well.
- What could you start doing right now that, if done consistently, would make the biggest positive difference in your life?
- What could you STOP doing right now that, if done consistently, would make the biggest positive difference in your life?
- What could you do right at this moment that would make you the most proud?
Try it. Your answers may surprise you.
I thought my answer to the first question would have something to do with writing, but thanks to the life coach I'm already writing. When I really thought about it, the answer was exercise. Exercise has the potential to have the biggest long-term positive impact on my life. That doesn't mean it should take over my life completely again, but it is super important. If I'm sick or dead because I didn't take the time to move my body, I won't be writing either. (Interestingly, when I asked this question of a friend who is ten years older, her answer was exactly the same.)
My answer to the second was easy--procrastinating. No surprises there. Procrastination is easily the bane of my existence. I would truly be a force to be reckoned with if all my time was spent productively.
The third question turned out to be a great procrastination-buster. If you find yourself momentarily at loose ends and ask yourself that question, you'll probably immediately know how you should spend your time. For me, it's a matter of sticking to the schedule I've set for myself. When I'm finding it difficult to avoid Facebook or other distractions, I ask myself that question. And then I get back to work.
Let me know if this works for you as well. I'd love to know your answers, but you don't have to share if you're not comfortable. Getting some benefit out of the exercise is the most important.