What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know I. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I once received a fortune cookie that read: “Speak less of your plans, you’ll get more done.” What’s one project that you’ve been sitting on and thinking about but haven’t made progress on? What’s stopping you? What would happen if you actually went for it and did it?
(Author: Laura Kimball)
After at heart to heart with my husband Robert about what projects have not progressed, I realized that there is a lot of unfinished business to tend to. Some of them are personal, others professional. With his help, I narrowed it down to the top 3 projects.
Urgh, not another list!
- As mentioned in earlier posts, I have a great love of social media, customer experience and leadership. I want to find (or create, if none exists) a career which encompasses all three of these passions. What’s stopping me? Well, I have a hard time effectively focusing on school and work simultaneously. Adding something else into the mix will have to wait until after I graduate in December.
- I want to exercise more often and be able to ride my bicycle in a metric century (100km) without completely bonking. What’s stopping me? The past couple of years since entering graduate school while working full-time, I have not had the time or energy to ride as often or as far as before. Robert is a great inspiration in that he doesn’t wait to ride with anyone and will just get on his gear and take off for a few hours. I don’t like to ride alone and as a result, come up with excuses as to why I don’t just do it. Robert reminded me today that I need to take care of myself first (easier said than done).
- I want to build a stronger relationship with family. What gets in the way; time for one. There are not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to accomplish. When I am not working or studying, I often sit in front of the computer and play mindless games. Last Sunday after I came back from a week in NYC, I watched an entire season of ANTM from 10am until 8pm (embarrassing and pathetic I know). I could have just as easily watched Tyra and the girls with my sister, rather than alone.
Lesson learned: no more excuses
Talk is cheap, so are excuses. Everything accomplished so far in life is due to perseverance and hard work. One thing that makes us unique as humans, is that we aspire to great things. Some of them will be realized and others are just pie in the sky (or a message in a fortune cookie).