At the end of this day, will you be happy with the results?
It’s not what you do.
That would be easy. You just get up and go. And go and go and go. You know the drill. You do it every day.
And yet, at the end of the day it’s not what you’ve done, it’s what you’ve left undone that wakes you up at night. As Margaret Sangster wrote way back at the turn of the last century:
It isn’t the thing you do, dear;
It’s the thing you leave undone,
Which gives you a bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.
Thoreau put it this way:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms…”
Is there time?
That’s the question, from the time your alarm goes off every morning. Will there be enough time today to do what I need to do much less what I want?
And there’s the catch. You haven’t really asked yourself the most important question yet, have you? The most important question is:
What do I want today?
But you don’t you ask yourself that question, do you? Is it that you’re afraid of the answer? Maybe you’re afraid that if you actually asked that question at the beginning of each day, you’d just crawl back into bed. Or maybe you’d leave your partner, or your children. This question is that powerful.
Or is it something else?
Maybe you don’t feel worthy of the question. Who am I, you might think — to ask for what I want? Or maybe you’re almost beyond caring because you’re so tired of being disappointed that you’ve stopped asking.
Before you give up, please consider this question and the power of questions.
Ask a good, simple question, like: “What do I want today?” And then put that clear focus to work. You might sleep better tonight.
Want more help?
I can help you feel more satisfied at the end of the day.
And you have a couple of options for your next step. You could contact me and describe what you’re going through. And I’ll be in touch with suggestions. Or you can book a free session to make a time to get together and talk it over in person. Either way, I’m here to help you focus, overcome resistance, and get moving again.