67: Focus on Progress Today

Lately, I’ve lost a little sight of what’s important. Not important as in priorities – my family, my relationships, my obligations. Not that kind of important. I’ve lost sight of the important steps I need to make and have found myself too focused on outcomes. I’ve found my mind wandering toward completed writing projects, instead of the writing itself. I’ve been focused on achieved goals instead of the incremental steps I need to take to realize that.

I’ve gotten too comfortable admiring the long-view instead of being hyper-focused on the needs in front of me.

We all have dreams. We all have things we’d like to see, do, achieve. And it’s easy to get lost in the daydream. It’s easy to get so lost in imagining yourself fitter, healthier, more productive (thanks Radiohead) and forget that fitter, healthier and more productive are all results of the things you do every day to get you there.

So, today, I’m challenging myself – and you too- to shift your focus, to change lenses and, instead, set a timer and get to work. Focus on making progress toward what you’d like to achieve instead of the achievement itself.

It’s the only way we can get where we want to be.

Make a list. Break things down. Tackle them one at a time. Go to bed tonight having accomplished five progressive steps. Wake up tomorrow and do the same thing.

Today I will set a timer four times – to write this blog, to work on a book project, to get my schedule in order and to finish a work project. I won’t set a timer, but as soon as I’m done here, I’m going to work for 10 minutes on Spanish. I’ll still make all my meetings. I’ll still get to all my commitments. And when I go home tonight, I’ll have already made today a success.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Let’s get to work making progress and let our dreams be what they may.

There, done. With seven minutes to spare.

We’ve got this.

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