I took some time over the weekend to look at everything I did over the last year. I wrote down all the classes I took and taught, as well as all of the events I went to, (including networking) and the list took two pages. Seriously! Two pages, singled spaced. That’s a LOT! I was exhausted just looking at it!
I remember something I got from a hand-out my coach, Lisa Robbin Young sent to me. It said “Do less to accomplish more.”
Do less to accomplish more.
I love that. Really, really love that. It’s simple and straight to the point. It helps me see that I need to narrow down my activities in order to be more effective. To accomplish my mission to focus and cultivate vision.
Instead of trying to cram as much as I “can” do into my days and nights, I need to be more mindful about what I’m trying to accomplish. In order to become an accomplished speaker, author and coach, I need to do more of those things that will help me grow in the right direction. I need to do more things that light me up and feed my passion for creativity and self-awareness. I need to do less things that drain my energy, wear me out and dull my shine.
Now, this might seem like common sense to you, my friendly blog reader. But for me, it’s a revolutionary way of looking at and planning for my year ahead. (Just the fact that I’m even planning out my year ahead is revolutionary for me!)
So this year, my resolution is to focus on giving myself the space I need to grow.
Instead of filling in all of my time with meetings and activities, I’m going to rest and meditate more. Instead of rushing to fill in the quiet, I’ll actively focus on saying less to communicate better.
The world doesn’t need more Pam. The world needs the best kind of Pam. The Pam who’s filled with grace and finesse, not chasing her tail trying to improve and impress.
With 12 months to look forward to, I’ll admit I’m a little nervous, but that’s how I know I’m on the right track. If it was comfortable, there wouldn’t be any growth.
How about you? What’s your resolution for the new year?
I’d love to read about it in the comments below!