“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments”. Jack Canfield
Do you get this feeling that the more you do, the more there is to do? You get something done, and then simply move on to the next thing on your list?
We love hiking at Soul Canyon and often use hike analogies; Have you ever been on a hike that feels like it will never end? You see what you think is the summit and set your sights on it, pushing yourself and your fellow hikers to get “there”. When everyone finally arrives “there”, you realize it’s not the summit after all there is still another peak in the distance, and so you push on without stopping to acknowledge the effort it took to get “there”. Exhausted and discouraged, often the other hikers just stop, not willing to put forth effort on another “there”.
True Leaders take time to stop and celebrate reaching “there” before setting their sights on another “there”. Taking baby steps towards your big goals, or getting through the tactical things you do each and every day just doesn’t seem to be fulfilling because – doing is simply followed by more doing.
To make sure you don’t lose momentum along the way you need to be sure to take a time out once in awhile. Here’s what I suggest.
This is the perfect time to reflect and give thanks and take some time to take a deep breath and reward yourself for what you have done. I suggest you think about this a little bit relative to your big 2018 goals – how are you going to reward yourself when you get each and every one of them accomplished. How are you going to thank those who are helping you along the way. Taking time to celebrate and give thanks is a way to recharge and refocus.
Whether it’s a morning off to take a hike, going out to dinner or a movie – or whatever you want to put there, having a reward to look forward to, if you are anything like me, will increase your energy around continuing to take the baby steps to get those things done.
Once again, if you are still following along and doing the exercises – please take a second and let me know and thanks to everyone who chimed in last week.
Until next time,
Your friends at Soul Canyon Training & Development
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