What a strange and challenging year 2020 has been. I haven’t met anyone that wishes the pandemic would last longer, but I’ve been amazed at the resilience found in the hearts of the people we come in contact with. There is a general sense that we will get through this, and we will be better after having had this struggle. I am excited for the advances that have been made in science and technology during this time.
I am even more excited about the time that we’ve had to slow down and focus on the truly important things in our lives. When we went from, “I never have time to do anything” to “I have time to do everything I’ve wanted,” a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment seems to soak into our personal lives. It’s also given me time to think about what my daily and weekly routines are. I’ve been able to think about how I’d like to manage my time to afford me the ability to do more. Here’s the steps I try to use.
1. Find out what you really like to do.
2. Schedule when you will do it (Scheduling is better than planning, because it’s more likely to happen).
3. Enjoy the activity and let some things happen you weren’t expecting.
4. Review with your close friends and family your experience and then repeat!
As we develop routines in our lives, we find that doing things that are outside our comfort zones become easier and widen our perspective. Be courageous and the universe will reward you.
Frank Joyal is a dental marketing guru that I’ve enjoyed listening to for years. One of the stories he tells is about a bungee jumping experience. He noticed that when you’ve been all strapped in and ready to go, nothing happens unless you lean about 15 degrees forward. Absolutely nothing! Everything remains the exact same. But, after that point, gravity does the rest and you’re pulled into an exciting experience that maximizes feelings and memories. I have always remembered that story, and the idea that if we can all lean just 15 degrees forward the universe will bless you with amazing outcomes.