Having three children in 18 months taught me the art of multi-tasking – or so I thought. What it really provided was exhaustion! And there was also that sometimes not-so-quiet-voice telling me I was not enough, not accomplishing enough, not organized enough, not a good enough Parent, Business Owner, or Scout Leader.
Our culture idolizes multi-tasking; the busiest people get the gold star. What I’ve learned from being a business owner myself and coaching other business owners is that FOCUS and PRIORITIZING actually deserve the gold star. This is not news to anyone who reads business or self-help books, of course. The big deal, though, is WHAT to focus on and what to prioritize and realizing that YOU have the power to decide.
I encourage my clients to take some quiet time and visualize. What do you want your life to be in 3 years, in 5 years? Really think BIG and get out of your own way. Where do you live? What do you do for fun? What is the day-to-day like? Who do you spend the most time with? What brings you real JOY?
Take a Walk on The Wild Side – and let go of the “yeah-but’s” (“yeah, but I could never have that because I am too (fill in the blank)” or “I could never do that because I am too old, young, have the wrong color hair or my feet are too big.” You get the idea of the ridiculousness that can highjack our thinking, dreaming and achieving! If you could set all that aside for just a few minutes to finish this exercise of dreaming, what would you create? Have some fun with this! What would your fantastic life look like? Write it down, draw a picture, or create a Vision Board. These are the first steps in changing your reality and making it happen!
Kim Ellet is a certified professional coach and owner of The Growth Coach of Metro Atlanta. She finds joy in helping successful leaders committed to continuous improvement, be more of who they are, dream bigger dreams, and accomplish more than they realized was possible. www.TheGrowthCoachATL.com